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Real Madrid ‘love’ Chelsea defensive target, have been interested in him for a long time

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With the World Cup just getting over, many stars made their names with impressive performances in the tournament in Qatar.

Real Madrid had been keeping their eyes closely on the World Cup in order to get their hands on the next rising star. Enzo Fernandez of Argentina, who won the Best Young Player of the competition award, has reportedly made a big impression on Carlo Ancelotti.

Another player who seems to have left a mark on Real Madrid is Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol. Indeed, as per a report from MARCA, the 20-year-old RB Leipzig star is ‘loved’ by Los Blancos, who have had their eyes on the centre-back for a long time now.

Gvardiol was easily one of the best central defenders at the World Cup and played a key role in Croatia finishing third in the tournament. The towering defender even scored a stunning goal in the Vatreni’s third-place playoff game against Morocco.

Gvardiol moved to Leipzig only last summer in a deal worth €18 million but his value is through the roof now after an impressive spell in Germany followed a strong run at the World Cup.

Real Madrid are planning to strengthen the roster for the future and Gvardiol fits into the plans very well. However, a move for him would depend on several factors such as Nacho’s continuity at the club, with his contract expiring in the summer.

On top of that Ferland Mendy’s future could also have a say on whether the Merengues move for the Croatian. The left-back’s contract expires in 2025 and a renewal is not in sight at the moment due to his wage demands. His departure could open the doors for a new arrival, with David Alaba moving to the left-back spot.

However, Real Madrid will have to compete with Chelsea, who are also strongly interested in signing Gvardiol and could splash a huge sum to secure his services.

At the same time, RB Leipzig are in no hurry to sell Gvardiol and will play hardball should any club make an approach for him. So, it will not be easy to land the Croatian at this point, but he remains on the discussion table at Valdebebas.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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