Despite Spanish media trashing rumours linking Kylian Mbappe to a move to Santiago Bernabeu this summer, it appears English media is once again rekindling the speculations.
According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Real Madrid are planning for a spending spree this summer. They are in contention to sign Jude Bellingham, with the club only left to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.
But in addition to Bellingham, Real Madrid are keen on signing both Mbappe and Alphonso Davies once the season ends.
Davies’ name has been linked with Real Madrid in the past, especially with the club bracing themselves for the potential sale of Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman is reportedly a target for Premier League giants Arsenal.
Davies could be an ideal long-term solution for Los Blancos in the left-back position. But as for Mbappe, the situation might be a whole lot trickier.
Fabrizio Romano has stated earlier this month that signing the Frenchman will be near impossible as PSG would be keen on keeping hold of their star man, especially with both Lionel Messi and Neymar in contention to depart Parc des Princes.
The Sky Sports report indicates Mbappe is technically entering the final year of his contract at PSG, as his three-year contract has been spread in a 2+1 manner. That means the player is eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement in January.
As for Bellingham, Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has denied receiving any offers for the Englishman. He has also hinted that the club might hold out for a hefty figure for the services of the star midfielder.
With the pursuit of Bellingham likely to take a heavy financial toll on Real Madrid, it is unlikely the club will be in a position to finance the deal for either Mbappe or Davies.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.