Even though Real Madrid have signed Fran Garcia this summer, they remain keen on adding another left-back to their ranks, having grown frustrated with Ferland Mendy’s form and fitness woes.
As such, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney is reporting that Real Madrid have taken an interest in Inter Milan defender Federico Dimarco, but are set to face competition from Premier League giants Manchester United.
Inter Milan are under pressure to make some important sales this summer amidst a difficult financial situation. And Dimarco, who was a revelation for the UEFA Champions League finalists this past season, is considered one of the most sellable assets at the club.
Dimarco is primarily a left-back who can perform as a wing-back and even as a centre-back, providing versatility to the table. The 25-year-old Italian finished the 2022/23 season with a return of six goals and ten assists from 50 matches, showing his productivity as well.
As such, Real Madrid and Manchester United have taken an interest in his situation and have already made contact with the Nerazzurri to explore the possibility of a transfer.
As mentioned earlier, Los Blancos are not very happy with Mendy’s situation and are open to selling him this summer, or using him as part of an operation to sign a different player.
With David Alaba no longer keen on playing at left-back, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will need a replacement. A move for Alphonso Davies had been on the agenda, but signing him from Bayern Munich this summer appears difficult.
Hence, the possibility of a move for Dimarco, whose market value is €35 million, is being explored.
However, Man United are also keen on him despite having two quality left-backs in Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. The Red Devils see his versatility as an asset and believe he will add more dimensions to their squad dynamics, which is why a move is being considered.
With Inter needing to make sales, there is a likelihood that Dimarco will be on the move this summer. Whether Real Madrid do act concretely on their interest in the Italian remains to be seen.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”