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Real Madrid serious about signing 26-year-old German winger – report
Serge Gnabry has been hot property in the world of football since his breakout season for Bayern Munich in 2018-19. He was named the club’s player of the season that year, making it clear that he was there to stay.
Three years later, the situation has changed. Gnabry is in a tussle with the German club over his contract renewal, and there seems to be no simple solution to bridge the gap.
The winger feels he deserves a higher salary for his impact on the team. Moreover, there is also disparity over his role under Julian Nagelsmann in the coming seasons. As a result of these differences, the player is open to leaving the club.
According to reports from BILD (h/t iMiaSanMia), Real Madrid are serious about signing the former Arsenal man this summer. His departure from Bayern Munich is becoming more likely with every passing day.
The player has one year left on his contract and could play it out to force a free transfer next June. Hence, the club are now under pressure to find an immediate solution regarding Gnabry’s future in the coming window.
The 26-year-old has been on Madrid’s wishlist for several months now. However, Kylian Mbappe’s renewal with PSG has seen his name rocket up the list and his signing is now seen as a priority.
Gnabry made 34 appearances for the Bavarians in the recently concluded Bundesliga season. In that duration, he scored 14 goals and provided five assists. Further, he recorded 17 big chances created and 1.4 key passes per game.
The 26-year-old says he prefers to play centrally because “it’s more fun”, but it seems unlikely that he will get thet chance at Real Madrid following Karim Benzema’s sensational season.
Karim Benzema is Real Madrid’s only performing centre-forward at the moment. If Gnabry makes the switch to the Bernabeu, he could get more minutes in the position of his choice.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.