Real Madrid’s alternate name, the Galacticos, arose because of the team’s ability to pring up massive transfers. Over the years, the men in white have pulled off some of the world’s most lucrative transfers, and rightfully boast of the best cabinet in the process.
Just last summer, Los Blancos lived up to their reputation by signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of over €100 million. Prior to that, the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga both arrived with big price tags.
The coming summer
As revealed by MARCA‘s latest report, Real Madrid have set three targets for the upcoming summer transfer window. The selected positions that will be reinforced are left-back, the forward department, and the central defence.
The first, and biggest name on their list, is Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman has come close to signing for Real Madrid on several occasions in the past, but his indecisiveness and PSG’s economic muscle inhibited the deal from fruition.
This summer, however, the scenario appears different. Mbappe appears set on his decision to join the club of his dreams, and will likely sign as a free agent come June.
The Canadian phenom
Second on the list is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies who has made his name in recent years as one of the world’s top left-backs.
Carlo Ancelotti currently has quality options in Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia at his disposal. However, Davies will provide an edge in the attacking third that neither can boast of.
Bayern Munich are working on renewing his contract which runs out in 2025. Nevertheless, the player has refused any such approach so far and is pushing for a summer move to Spain.
Despite entering the season with four quality centre-backs, Real Madrid have faced endless challenges in the department’s fitness.
Eder Militao’s early ACL injury, followed by David Alaba’s identical injury now leaves the manager with only two available options for the season. In fact, there is no fit centre-back for the weekend’s clash against Girona, exposing the void in the department.
As relayed by the Spanish outlet, Leny Yoro is the chosen one to reinforce Real Madrid’s defence in the summer. The youngster from Lille is a regular starter in top-tier football at just 18 years of age, and the sky is the limit for his progress.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.