Ferland Mendy’s repeated injuries have left Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stranded for too long. The French left-back is the only natural player in his position and only David Alaba can argue to be a direct replacement. However, the Austrian is on a struggle with fitness himself.
With the sheer understaffing at left-back, Real Madrid’s manager has been forced to play Eduardo Camavinga or Nacho Fernandez in Mendy’s place. Not only is this a waste of the aforementioned players’ abilities but a direct compromise in the attacking output from the full-back position.
The problem extends far deeper, as many in the administration are not convinced even with Mendy’s contributions in the final third. Florentino Perez contemplates selling the player in the summer if an offer worth over €40 million arrives. There is, thus, an urgent need for a quality left-back.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez Martin (via Blanca Remontada Twitch), Real Madrid could go after and win Alphonso Davies’ signature in the summer of 2024, having already secured Fran Garcia’s for the next season.
Bayern Munich are reportedly looking to fill their coffers and given the Merengues’ interest in the full-back, they could be tempted to part ways with him.
Los Blancos are willing to shell out €50 million for the player. Since Davies has just over two years left on his contract in Germany, it would appear to be a fair offer as he would be entering the final twelve months of his deal in 2024.
The Canadian International has started 22 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich this season, scoring one goal and providing four assists in the process. He averages 1.7 key passes and over ten defensive actions per game.
Ancelotti’s side re-signed Garcia from Rayo Vallecano earlier this season, and the Spaniard will arrive at Santiago Bernabeu in June.
With a huge outlay being planned for Jude Bellingham for this summer, they could decide to go after Davies in 2024, when he enters the final year of his contract.
Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga
Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.
After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.
Ancelotti sets a target
While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.
And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.
Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.
And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.
As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.
And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.
After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.
Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.
Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.
It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.