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Real Madrid uninterested in renewing defender, could accept offers over €40 million
Ferland Mendy finds himself staring at an uncertain future at Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window. According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Los Blancos are concerned about his recurring injury problems and are not planning on renewing his contract.
Mendy signed for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 from Olympique Lyon in a deal worth around €50 million. After playing second-fiddle to Marcelo in his debut season, the Frenchman slowly grew into the undisputed first-choice left-back at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, over the course of his four-year spell in the Spanish capital, Mendy has suffered as many as eight muscle injuries, the most recent one coming last week.
Indeed, the left-back was just returning after a two-month spell out on the sidelines and had played in only one game (28 minutes vs Barcelona), before being struck down by yet another muscle injury, which has now ruled him out for close to six weeks.
In all, Mendy has played just 25 times this season, with only seven of those appearances coming in 2023. With the season in its final stretch, Carlo Ancelotti, who has always counted on the Frenchman, will bank on Nacho Fernandez and David Alaba from now on.
Furthermore, Real Madrid also have Eduardo Camavinga as an option at left-back, with the youngster showcasing his versatility and adaptability. And they also have a deal in place to sign Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.
Given the situation, Los Blancos, understandably, are not in favour of offering Mendy a new contract. The Frenchman, throughout the last season, asked for a new deal with improved wages and a longer duration, but the club did not relent and their stance is likely to become firmer in light of his recent injuries.
In fact, the report claims that Real Madrid are thinking about selling Mendy in the summer and would be willing to listen to offers in the north of €40 million.
Replacements have also been identified in case he does depart, with Jose Gaya of Valencia and Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich on the radar.
So, if there are any interesting offers for Mendy come summer, Real Madrid will not be averse to listening to them and may even decide to move on from the injury-prone defender.
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Real Madrid president dreaming of trident attack featuring €180 million-rated French starlet
Real Madrid have drawn a comprehensive roadmap for the upcoming summer transfer window and the club’s squad planning ahead of the new season, but as far as the club’s ambition is concerned, the objective is to sign Kylian Mbappe in 2024.
Real Madrid are expected to revolve everything around the idea of signing the PSG superstar next year, reports Alfredo Matilla and Sergio Santos.
As per the two Spanish journalists, Florentino Perez is envisioning a Real Madrid strikeforce comprising Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, and Mbappe.
The report points out that Real Madrid view the Frenchman as a realistic target as they expect him not to accept the option of extending his contract at PSG until 2025 next year. His fallout with the PSG has been already well-documented this year.
With Les Parisien seemingly failing to live up to Mbappe’s ambition, it could only be a matter of time before he opts to leave the club. To that end, Real Madrid will be prepared, especially at the end of next season.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are starting to lose hope of signing Erling Haaland, because of the striker’s excellent relationship with Pep Guardiola which could keep him at Man City beyond 2024. Mbappe, therefore, has emerged as the top target for Los Blancos.
The potential strikeforce comprising Vinicius, Rodrygo and Mbappe could see Real Madrid operating in a 4-3-3 formation, with Mbappe playing at the centre. It must be noted that the club are also involved in the pursuit of Kai Havertz.
The German could be an intriguing addition to this strikeforce – potentially making Real Madrid one of the most feared attacking sides in Europe. However, it remains to be seen whether or not Los Blancos can actually manage to pull the signing of Mbappe or Havertz in the near future.