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Real Madrid will only pursue in-demand 20-year-old defender if ‘the price is right’



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Following the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Real Madrid are gearing up for season restart as they take on Real Valladolid at the end of the month. The club are also keeping one eye on the upcoming January transfer window.

Although the Whites are not expected to do much business during the winter market, there are a few players they are keeping a close eye on, especially knowing that the club may have to undergo a major overhaul during the summer of 2023.

According to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Josko Gvardiol, in particular. The Croatian international currently plies his trade for RB Leipzig and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga.

Gvardiol was, in fact, one of the best defenders in the World Cup, excelling in the centre-back position for Croatia. His solidity at the back played a key role in helping the Croats finish third in the competition.

Gvardiol’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services. The reigning European champions consider the Croat as an ideal future investment in defence, especially amid speculation over the future of Nacho Fernandez.

The veteran centre-back may consider an exit from Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, as he is reportedly unhappy over his lack of game-time in the first-team.

Nacho’s departure could accentuate the need for someone like Gvardiol, who can operate not only as a centre-back but also as a left-back. It could come in quite handy for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has had only one recognised option at left-back in the form of Ferland Mendy.

However, Romano suggests that Real Madrid are only expected to go after Gvardiol if the price is right. This is because RB Leipzig have appeared quite reluctant in offloading their defensive superstar, who still has a contract until 2027.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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