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Real Madrid receive boost in pursuit of top target as Bayern Munich unwilling to meet wage demands

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The hunt for a left-back is underway at Real Madrid, with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies continuing to be a major target for the club.

While there are ample options available, with the likes of Ferland Mendy, Fran Garcia, Nacho, David Alaba, and Eduardo Camavinga all capable of covering the position, the Merengues are looking to rope in a world-class talent to occupy the left flank.

And Davies is deemed as the ideal candidate to bolster the left-hand side dynamics.

Davies and Bayern not seeing eye to eye

Indeed, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg (h/t Madrid Xtra), Alphonso Davies to Real Madrid is beginning to look more and more likely due to Bayern not wanting to pay Davies’ current demands.

Bayern has been attempting for a considerable amount of time to extend Davies’ contract, which expires in 2025.

But with the Canadian applying pressure on Bayern Munich by demanding a €15 million salary to sign a new contract, the Bavarians are contemplating halting the renewal.

The increased financial package being asked by the player has stagnated negotiations, allowing Real Madrid the opportunity to capitalize on their rift and sign a target have long admired.

Davies is a top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP/Getty Images)

In the event an agreement is not reached, as is looking like the most realistic scenario today, Bayern Munich would look to sell Davies in the summer of 2024.

The €70 million-rated speedster could leave on affordable terms in the summer, as Bayern Munich would not want to risk losing a lucrative commodity on a free transfer in 2025.

Nonetheless, Los Blancos will continue to monitor the situation of other left-backs in the market.

Former Real Madrid Castilla product, Miguel Gutierrez could prove to be an appealing option, given that the club can re-sign him from Girona for just €8 million. Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen has been rumoured to be a potential alternative to Davies as well.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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