As rumours of Carlo Ancelotti’s potential move to Brazil next summer intensify, Real Madrid are keeping all their options open.
While the Merengues are reportedly in favor of extending the contract of the four-time Champions League winner, the possibility of him hitting the exit door is very much in the offing, as Brazil remain hopeful of his arrival.
As such, in the event Ancelotti decides to part ways, Real Madrid’s succession plan for him is taking shape.
Xabi Alonso is best placed to replace Ancelotti
Indeed, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Xabi Alonso is one of the best-placed options to take over at Real Madrid if Ancelotti leaves.
Prior reports have also stated that the former Real Madrid legend has a pact with Bayer Leverkusen to leave the club if he receives an offer from one of his former clubs, i.e., Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, or Liverpool.
Alonso is currently in the midst of an excellent season with Bayer Leverkusen, as they are flying high in the Bundesliga. With his team leading the points table, the 42-year-old manager continues to prove why he is hailed as one of the most exciting coaches around.
Florentino has some reservations
However, the report also states that Real Madrid president Florentino is not as convinced as some top executives over the recruitment of Xabi Alonso as Ancelotti’s successor.
Perez’s preference for experienced managers has been well documented in recent times, and perhaps Alonso, as a young coach, does not meet the required criteria for the Real Madrid president, even though he is understood to be impressed by the ex-midfielder’s growth.
Murmurs of Zenidine Zidane also returning in case Ancelotti leaves have been doing the rounds. The coach left Los Blancos on mixed terms but is reportedly tempted to make his managerial comeback.
Time will tell how the saga unfolds, as uncertainty currently enshrouds Ancelotti’s future.
Real Madrid priority defensive target demanding €20 million in wages, club waiting to send first offer
Real Madrid top priority this summer window will be to nail down a move for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season once his contract clocks up.
The Frenchman has been on their radar for the better part of the last decade at this point, but a move never went through for several reasons. This time, though, it is near completion, and seems to be the first one they will announce.
Once done, Madrid will look to negotiate with Bayern Munich as they are targeting a move for Alphonso Davies. The Canadian’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, and at this point, the Bavarians are quite pessimistic about his continuity.
In fact, a report earlier today from The Athletic claimed that Madrid have already reached a full verbal agreement with Davies. It was never going to be a problem for the Spanish giants, anyway, with the player keen to move.
However, it seems the reason why his contract extension stalled at Bayern and opened up this avenue has been released, with a report from BILD claiming that Davies demanded €20 million as his salary.
Bayern, with a very strict wage cap, were never happy to pay this much money, with even Harry Kane earning just over €20 million.
Madrid, on the other hand, seem to be happy to comply with Davies’ demands. Toni Kroos is their top-earner right now, reportedly, pocketing nearly €22 million in gross wages, with David Alaba, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Jr all on pretty much the €20 million mark.
Right now, Madrid are waiting on a green light from Bayern so they can send their first official bid for the player, which is expected to be in the region of €30-40 million.
They are not ready to pay anything more than €50 million for his services, especially with only one year remaining on his contract.