Real Madrid lost two left-backs this past summer as they let go of Miguel Gutierrez and Marcelo, but did not sign any replacement.
Instead, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to go with Ferland Mendy as his first-choice option while relying on Nacho, David Alaba and even Antonio Rudiger as backup.
However, it seems like Los Blancos will alter those plans come next summer and are already looking at possible options to reinforce the left-back position in 2023.
A move for former defender Fran Garcia, who could have arrived in the last window as well, is once again being talked about.
Along with the Rayo Vallecano ace, Real Madrid are also looking at Miguel Gutierrez as another possible option to strengthen the left-back slot, reports Sergio Santos.
The 21-year-old La Fabrica ace was allowed to join Girona FC in the summer and the report states that they have been left impressed by the performances of the former academy prospect. In 13 matches so far for his new club, the Spanish left-back has registered three assists.
Gutierrez had struggled to find favour under Ancelotti last season as the Italian reportedly had doubts over the defensive aspects of the youngster’s game.
Despite that being the case, the 21-year-old is now on the agenda of the club to add depth and competition at left-back before the start of the 2023/24 season.
Gutierrez left the Santiago Bernabeu after making just ten senior appearances in which he set up two goals. Whether he ends up securing a swift return to his boyhood club next summer or if Real Madrid decide to re-sign Fran Garcia instead will be interesting to see.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.