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Real Madrid wanted 23-goal forward to bolster attack, but lost out to Chelsea



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Earlier today, Chelsea officially announced the signing of French forward Christopher Nkunku from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. The Blues triggered his release clause believed to be worth around £52 million several months ago and finally confirmed his arrival today.

Nkunku enjoyed a stellar 2022/23 campaign in the Bundesliga, bagging 23 goals and finishing as the top scorer in the German top flight.

Naturally, the 25-year-old had been attracting a lot of admirers, including Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid, reports Jorge C Picon.

Indeed, Nkunku was one of the most liked options at the Santiago Bernabeu to reinforce their frontline heading into the 2023/24 campaign.

However, the Merengues were late to arrive at the table as Chelsea were quicker than them and moved to close the French international’s signing early in the year, before announcing the deal earlier today.

Given his ability to play anywhere across the frontline and the numbers he has produced in recent seasons, Nkunku would have been a great addition to the Real Madrid attacking unit that has suffered losses this summer with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio departing.

However, Los Blancos never had a chance of signing the 25-year-old as Chelsea were quick to seal the deal.

Instead, Real Madrid have roped in Joselu from RCD Espanyol to reinforce the centre-forward slot, while they have also brought Brahim Diaz back to the club after a three-year loan stint at AC Milan.

The Merengues continue to monitor the situation of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe and could make a move for him provided he decides to leave the French capital club this year itself.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender




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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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