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Real Madrid set sights on Bundesliga full-back, will be a free agent in the summer



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Real Madrid will look to reinforce three positions in the summer transfer window according to recent reports. One of those three areas which the club are looking to strengthen is left-back.

As things stand, Los Blancos have Ferland Mendy as the first-choice left-back. Beyond him, Carlo Ancelotti has David Alaba and Nacho as options while he has also used Antonio Rudiger on the left on occasions.

But there remain doubts over Mendy’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu as the club are understood to be not sure whether to renew him or sell him. There had been talks of a new deal in the past but they fell through because of his wage demands.

And even though he has been a regular fixture in the side, there is a feeling that Real Madrid can improve in that position. Now, as relayed by SPORT, Los Blancos have set their sights on a move for Borussia Dortmund and Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro for the summer.

The 28-year-old has been a regular in the side for the German giants since joining them in 2016 from Lorient, making over 200 appearances during this time.

Guerreiro has been in good form this season as well, netting three goals and assisting three more from 18 matches across all competitions.

Experienced at the highest level, the 28-year-old makes for an enticing target for Real Madrid as his contract with Borussia Dortmund expires at the end of the season. It means that Guerreiro will be available for a free transfer in the summer.

The report indicates that Dortmund, for their part, could consider selling Guerreiro in the winter itself as it would represent their last chance to make some cash.

Other names like Fran Garcia and Miguel Gutierrez, who left Real Madrid only last summer, are on the club’s radar and it remains to be seen who Ancelotti & co. decide to bring in to reinforce the left-back slot.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”



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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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