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Real Madrid will only pursue World Cup YPOTT as Bellingham’s alternative – report

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There is no secret that Real Madrid are on the hunt for midfield reinforcement in the coming summer. They are aware of the uncertain future of some of their star players including Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos.

While Modric may likely pen a contract extension, Kroos appears to be thinking about an early retirement while Ceballos is simply not included in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

This has accentuated the need for midfield reinforcements, with Real Madrid ready to invest in a young player that can prove to be an asset for the club in the years to come. To that end, Real Madrid have broadly identified Jude Bellingham as their main target.

But the Englishman is not their only option. As per several reports, the Whites have also targeted Enzo Fernandez, who was one of Argentina’s star performers during the World Cup. Real Madrid are naturally one of many clubs targeting a move for the SL Benfica starlet.

However, according to MARCA, Real Madrid only consider Fernandez an alternative for top target for Bellingham. This means the reigning European champions are only expected to go after the SL Benfica starlet if they fail in their pursuit of Bellingham.

Another club involved in the race to sign Fernandez is Liverpool. The report suggests the Reds are keen on signing the Argentine international, as part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans to reinforce the ranks in the middle of the park.

But it appears they may end up facing competition from Real Madrid, broadly because the Whites are not too keen on meeting Bellingham’s hefty €̉150 million price tag and are only willing to go as much as €120 million.

While Fernandez may also cost a fortune, there might be more room for negotiations on Real Madrid’s end. Hence, it will be interesting to see how Los Blancos go about their business, in their bid to sign a new midfielder next summer.

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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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