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Real Madrid rate Bayern Munich winger highly, but unlikely to make a move



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Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window with a few objectives, one of which could be to shore up their options in the offensive unit.

With Karim Benzema entering the final phase of his career and struggling with injuries, and the club lacking any proper alternative, the need for a new forward has been accentuated. Barcelona are particularly looking for a right winger, who can compete with Rodrygo.

According to ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), one of Real Madrid’s options could be Kingsley Coman. The club rate the Bayern Munich star highly due to his pace and attacking ability, coupled with his versatility.

A right winger by trade, Coman is indeed someone who is capable of operating on both flanks. The Frenchman is also gifted with a blistering pace that makes him a key weapon on counter-attacks.

This is where Coman becomes an appealing target for Real Madrid. And with various accolades to his name, the 26-year-old has a winning mentality that could fit in seamlessly with Los Blancos.

However, the report suggests Real Madrid are not likely to make a move for Coman. This is because the forward, whose current contract at Bayern does not expire until 2027, is expected to command a hefty price tag. It would make him unaffordable for the Whites, who are prioritising other options in the market.

Jude Bellingham, for one, has emerged as a top target for Real Madrid for the summer ahead. However, it must be noted that the club may contemplate a move for another Bayern Munich star next summer, in the form of Joao Cancelo.

The Man City fullback, currently on loan at Bayern, had preferred a move to Real Madrid in January. Although the club did not entertain the option, the scenario may change at the end of the season, as they look for a proper long-term replacement for Dani Carvajal.

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Argentine manager in pole position for Real Madrid job if Ancelotti leaves



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According to a report from journalist Jorge C Picon, former Tottenham Hotspur and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is in pole position to become the next manager of Real Madrid, if Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the season.

Ancelotti’s topic has become a topic of much debate and discussion over the past few weeks. The Italian tactician has a contract that runs until next year and has stated that he wishes to see it out.

However, the team’s failure to win any major title this season could end up spelling trouble or the 63-year-old. The La Liga title looks like a lost cause already while Real Madrid are in a disadvantageous position in Copa del Rey as well.

The UEFA Champions League remains Ancelotti’s best bet to win a trophy this season. Should he do so, the Italian could continue at Real Madrid or even possibly sign a new contract extension.

But, failure to land the trophy could end his second stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and Pochettino is said to be the frontrunner for the position in that case.

The Argentine is currently unemployed after being sacked by PSG in July last year. The 51-year-old did not have the most memorable of stints in Paris but his stock has not diminished in the Real Madrid offices, who had considered appointing him once before as well.

Thomas Tuchel was also a candidate for Real Madrid and talks were also held with him. But, the club informed him that if Ancelotti won the UCL, he would stay on, which played a part in the German signing for Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, club legend Raul Gonzalez, who is currently the manager of Real Madrid Castilla, is also a candidate, but is seen only as Plan B, with Pochettino very much the frontrunner at this point.

A lot will depend on how the rest of the season pans out and whether Ancelotti is able to lead Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions League triumphs.

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