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Real Madrid remain intent on signing €50 million-rated defender contrary to reports

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On Monday night, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid have decided to put their pursuit of Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies on hold.

The 23-year-old Canadian international has long been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu with the Merengues seeing him as an upgrade on the current options at left-back.

However, Bayern Munich’s stance on Davies’ asking price, coupled with Ferland Mendy’s form this past season suggested that the Spanish capital club were now willing to pause their pursuit of Davies.

Real Madrid still keen

However, now, AS claims that contrary to reports, Real Madrid still remain very much interested in signing Davies.

It is true that Real Madrid are offering only around €30 million for the left-back, considering that his contract expires in 2025.

They employed a similar strategy while negotiating with Bayern Munich for Toni Kroos back in 2014, signing him for just €35 million and are hoping to repeat that formula.

Real Madrid very much intent on Davies. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich, though, are demanding €50 million for Davies even as they continue to try and convince him to sign a new contract.

Davies’ form not a concern

Another aspect that raised questions about Real Madrid’s pursuit of Alphonso Davies was his form as his performances deteriorated quite a bit in the second half of the last season.

However, despite that, Real Madrid are happy with the Canadian international and were impressed by his display in the Copa America clash against Argentina recently even though his team ended up losing.

Davies offered a repertoire of wing play, dribbling, looking for offensive lines, and getting forward time and time again.

As such, Davies remains a clear target for Madrid for the coming season. The Canadian full-back is still considered one of the key pieces to renew the backline – he is young, experienced, and step by step absorbing more knowledge of his position.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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