Andriy Lunin was one of Real Madrid’s standout players in the recently concluded Madrid derby. With four saves including three from inside the box, he was highly influential in maintaining Real Madrid’s lead until the 93rd minute.
His performance can only be seen as the latest growth in his increasingly positive season that has seen him become the team’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The dilemma between him and Kepa Arrizabalaga was ongoing for several months, but it appears now that the Ukrainian star has come out on top.
Out of the shadows
In his most recent update via The Athletic, Mario Cortegana reveals that the Real Madrid coaches see Lunin to be improving despite some recent failures.
The biggest difference, in their opinion, is that the players now feel ‘liberated’ from the pressure of being Thibaut Courtois’ replacement.
Unlike last season where his chances appeared sporadically with no continuity, he has enjoyed reasonable continuity this season. Moreover, the fact that the Belgian’s return is not just around the corner has only helped him grow faster with less pressure.
The management sees him to be more solid than Kepa in the air and the more well-rounded of the two, making him the first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season.
The 2024-25 scenario
Looking ahead to the upcoming summer transfer window, Real Madrid have decided against renewing Kepa’s loan at the club. The Spaniard will return to Chelsea, for Los Blancos see him to be far from his best.
Lunin, meanwhile, has good options to serve as Courtois’ backup for next season and will thus give him more prominence in the months to come.
Whether he wishes to stay in the Belgian’s shadows or to leave and make a name of his own is a question for another day.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.