With the FIFA World Cup 2022 underway in Qatar, Real Madrid are planning to track the performances of several players during the tournament, reports SPORT.
And one of the stars who will be closely monitored by the reigning champions of Spain and Europe is Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies.
The 22-year-old will be representing the Canadian national team at the World Cup and will come face-to-face against Real Madrid’s Belgian duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard in Group F in the competition, post which he will also place Luka Modric’s Croatia.
And, Real Madrid are planning to keep an eye out on Davies’ performances over the course of the tournament.
One of the most devastating attack-minded left-backs in Europe, Davies has grown a lot in stature in recent years at Bayern Munich. In 19 matches this season, the Canadian has scored one goal and set up four more in all competitions.
Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Davies and could look to recruit in the left-back slot as there are some within the club who are still unconvinced by Ferland Mendy.
Indeed, reports indicate that Los Blancos are undecided whether to renew the French defender or sell him.
While David Alaba is also available to operate as a left-back, the Austrian is seen as a centre-back by manager Carlo Ancelotti. So, a new left-sided full-back could be on the agenda of the Spanish capital outfit in the near future, making Davies a viable target.
However, the report claims that Davies’ market value stands at a whopping €70 million. Given his contract with Bayern runs until 2025, signing him will be a major challenge for Real Madrid.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.