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Real Madrid’s 17-year-old defensive target completes move to Serie A

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Cristian Nikolaev was one of the young defenders on Real Madrid’s radar as a long-term option heading into the summer transfer window. A grass-root level option still early in his development, the youngster boasted of a high and unexploited ceiling.

Los Blancos, however, were not alone in the race for the young centre-back with local rivals Atletico Madrid also closely monitoring the defender.

In fact, Los Rojiblancos were even said to be favourites to land the 17-year-old phenom at one point last month.

Future in Italy

Despite attracting serious interest from Spain, it so happens that neither Madrid-based giant landed the teenager’s signing.

Lecce, a team in Serie A, has scooped away the young phenom for a fee of just over €200,000 in what can only be deemed as a bargain as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

The player will sign a contract for five years and is expected to travel to Italy in the coming days to begin the new chapter in his life. Lecce will utilise his services initially for their subsidiary setup before promoting him based on performances.

Needless to say, the terms of the transfer and the fee involved could have proven to be a bargain for Real Madrid who were interested in his signing not too long ago. Notably, even Everton and Juventus who were in the race eventually missed out.

Uncertain stance

While it appeared clear that Real Madrid would go all out to sign a top-quality centre-back this summer, the club appear to have pressed the brakes on any such potential operation in recent weeks.

After all, they have taken a step back in their pursuit of Leny Yoro, who was largely expected to be the team’s primary target to reinforce the defence. While they continue to be interested, Lille’s €60 million asking price does not help.

It is thus not completely ruled out that the men in white enter the new season with Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger as the starting centre-back options.

After all, Rafa Marin will return from loan as a valuable option and Aurelien Tchouameni can also cover in central defence.

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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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