Real Madrid’s hunt for a new left-back is no novel news. The Merengues have two options to deploy down the left at the moment, but while Fran Garcia struggles to convince defensively, Ferland Mendy has been unable to hit the numbers in the offence.
Alphonso Davies, thus, enters the scene as their best option. Los Blancos have been openly linked with the Canadian star for a long time now, and BILD provides an elaborate update on the same.
Juni Calafat sets his eye
According to the German outlet, Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat has Davies placed as his dream target. He is in love with the Canadian’s abilities at both ends of the pitch and sees him as the perfect solution to the club’s problems.
Calafat is also making inroads in terms of striking a personal relationship with the player and his agent. As one of the most experienced minds around, he knows the ins and outs of how to convince a target beyond doubt.
The report adds that Los Blancos are aware of the left-back’s situation and market value. They hope to sign him next summer, but not at any price.
Though Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich runs out in 2025, the Merengues are willing to cough up €40 million for his signing. The upper limit for them stands at €50 million.
Davies’ agent has teased Real Madrid move
Earlier this month, reports of Bayern Munich’s irritation with Davies’ agent Nedal Huoseh surfaced. After all, his statements in praise of Real Madrid and constant flirting with the Spanish institution would leave any club with boiling blood.
“I’m sure Real Madrid could be one of the clubs that would like to sign Davies, along with several English Premier League clubs as well, they all want to have one of the best left-backs in the world,” he said.
He even added that David Alaba’s constant interactions with his client could lay the path for a transfer in the future.
“He played with Alaba for 3 years, they are friends, they talk all the time, whatever conversations they have together privately, Davies doesn’t share with me every information about it.”
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.