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Three pros and cons of Real Madrid signing Alphonso Davies in the summer

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Real Madrid are gearing up for a big summer transfer window ahead as the club continues to stay loyal to the ideology of perennially pursuing excellence.

While Kylian Mbappe’s arrival is taken for granted, Real Madrid are not turning a blind eye to the defensive department.

And the name of Alphonso Davies has been widely echoed in the Madrid newspapers. With Bayern Munich and the Canadian left-back failing to find common ground over a contract renewal, an exit cannot be ruled out.

In light of the escalating likelihood of his summer transfer to Real Madrid, we take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of this potential transfer.

Pros

1. World-class option at bargain price

Indeed, given Davies’ contract expires in 2025, Bayern Munich will look to sell him this summer before running the risk of losing him as a free agent.

As such, Real Madrid can secure the services of the Champions League winner at a significantly discounted rate compared to his true market value.

Reports previously argued that the Bavarians are demanding €50 million. Still, the Merengues believe they can wrap up a deal by offering €30 million at most, especially since they were in a similar situation when they signed Toni Kroos in 2014.

With the context surrounding Davies’ contractual situation, Bayern doesn’t have a great deal of leeway and may be obliged to comply with Madrid’s offer.

Madrid won’t find a better LB for the price. (Photo by MICHAELA STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Moreover, it is worth noting that Real Madrid have sparse alternatives at this price and quality.

Other elite left-back options like Theo Hernandez and Nuno Mendes are bound to cost a fortune, and Madrid will likely not get a better deal elsewhere.

2. A strategic fit

Real Madrid are poised to have an abundance of options at left-back next season.

Ferland Mendy, who has undergone a resurgence this year, is fabled for his defensive acumen. The left-back does not offer the most threat upfield but provides assurance at the back.

Meanwhile, it has been widely reported that Real Madrid are leaning towards triggering the buy option of former academy graduate Miguel Gutierrez, who is thriving at Girona.

While he would prove to be an upgrade in attack, the Spaniard is distinctly renowned for his crossing abilities, which holds true for Fran Garcia as well.

Given that Real Madrid’s biggest source of goals Jude Bellingham has largely been availed from deeper areas of the pitch, the team may lack the necessary aerial threat to fully utilize their full-backs’s strengths.

Additionally, Miguel Gutierrez excels in underlapping runs, which will not harmonize well with Vinicius Jr.’s inclination toward cutting inside.

Therefore, Alphonso Davies emerges as the ideal profile. As someone proficient in both defensive and offensive roles, his skillset complements Real Madrid’s current squad.

Exciting tactical fit. (Photo by ALEXANDRA BEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

His overlapping profile will bring the best out of Vinicius. He is also adept at playing grounded crosses across the box as opposed to Garcia and Gutierrez’s crossing.

Moreover, Davies’ defensive diligence is equally remarkable, as he tends to lock up most wingers he faces.

Consequently, considering the club’s current options, Real Madrid would be broadening their scope with the arrival of Davies.

3. A statement signing

Alphonso Davies embodies the glitz and glamour of a Galactico signing. The 23-year-old is not only regarded as one of the best in his craft but also boasts a number of accolades to his name.

Indeed, the youngster has lifted an impressive 15 titles at Bayern Munich, notably winning the treble when he was still just 19 years old.

Beyond being a key starter at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, he also carries the mantle of captaincy for the Canadian national team, showcasing his ability to shoulder significant responsibility.

Davies has proven himself as a born winner, and will seamlessly slot into a team that prides itself on being mentally resilient and relentlessly driven to succeed at the highest level.

Consequently, Real Madrid will not simply be elevating their sporting prospects with Davies’ recruitment, but also fulfilling a longstanding tenet of their transfer strategy: securing a marquee player who ignites hype among the fans.

Cons

1. Other priorities

Davies’ talent and allure cannot be questioned, but on the flip side, it is a matter of identifying the priorities in Real Madrid’s wishlist.

And it can be rightfully argued that a center-back is the most essential profile Madrid must acquire in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Throughout the season, Madrid have grappled with a shortage of fit starting center-backs, relying mainly on Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez. This deficiency in defensive depth has been a recurring concern

As such, they have been eyeing a move for Lille’s young center-back Leny Yoro. Despite his potential, he is not expected to come cheap.

Reports indicate that Lille is demanding a substantial fee of €100 million due to the widespread interest from various clubs. This suggests that Madrid may need to make concessions if they are to secure his services.

Given the abundance of options at left-back and the evident gaps in defense, prioritizing Yoro over Davies appears to be a more sensible course of action.

2. Ferland Mendy taking his job seriously

Since the turn of the year, it is not a far fetch to claim Ferland Mendy has established himself as one of Europe’s best left-backs.

During the previous season, Mendy was regarded as one of the squad’s most dispensable players and endured a nearly two-month absence due to injury this season.

However, come January 2024, Mendy had staged a remarkable resurgence. This was vividly illustrated by his pivotal goal against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final, marking his return to top form.

Mendy looks sharper than ever. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Since then, he has been an undisputed starter for coach Carlo Ancelotti, with the Italian heralding him as the best defensive full-back in the world. His mental fortitude is also widely appreciated at the club.

Although Mendy does not provide Davies’ offensive prowess, signing the Canadian when a perfectly suitable option already exists would imply needless spending, particularly as other areas of the squad can be strengthened.

3. High salary

Bayern Munich’s concerns about retaining Alphonso Davies primarily stem from the fact that he is demanding a whopping €20 million salary.

The Bavarians do not wish to cripple their salary cap by awarding Davies such terms, which could result in him joining Real Madrid.

But the Royal Whites must not ignore the implications of paying someone such a staggeringly high salary either.

La Liga is renowned for imposing strict financial fair play laws, which could hinder Real Madrid’s plans in the future, with Barcelona’s case of reckless spending serving as an ideal example.

The Catalans are still suffering the consequences of awarding stars exceedingly high salaries, and Madrid could suffer a similar fate if they do not tread carefully.

Moreover, only six players are estimated to be earning in the €20 million-plus range, which would place Davies in the highest bracket.

As such, it would be a massive risk paying a player who will have ample competition in the left-back position that amount of money.

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  1. Jon Gray

    April 14, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    Notwithstanding all the Cons of your arguments against Alphonso Davies, if I were Florentino, given the lack of needed aggressiveness and speed at the left back of Real Madrid, I will stop at nothing at getting a left back attacking and defensive player with such speed like Alphonso Davies. I wish I had the means to buy him for Madrid.

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To renew or not to renew – Unravelling Real Madrid’s dilemma over Luka Modric

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12 December 2022, Education City Stadium, Qatar. That was the precise location and date when Luka Modric, yet again, scripted an unbelievable achievement with the Croatian national team on the biggest stage.

Despite having the title of defeated finalist, not much was expected from Croatia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Led by captain Modric once more, however, they announced their prowess to the world on the night, taking down Brazil after engineering an unbelievable comeback.

Their captain, and the star Real Madrid midfielder, at the time, was 37 years of age. Yet, he played all 120 minutes for his country, led by example on the field, and was simply extraordinary with his every contribution.

They called it his final World Cup, but it was only the latest on a long list of ‘finals’ that had been prefixed in conjunction with his career.

Modric, over the years, has seen several ‘final seasons’, ‘final La Ligas’, and ‘final international tournaments’. What links all of them, ironically, is that they never really were the last time the magician graced the field for any institution.

Ageing like wine, it has simply been impossible for either club or country to refuse his services, and that lays the foundation for Real Madrid’s latest problem.

The ultimate dilemma

Luka Modric has scripted history with Real Madrid over the years. Regarded as one of the greatest players to ever grace the field, he has spent close to twelve years at the Spanish capital, winning it all and engraving his name in gold.

He has been the one constant through Real Madrid’s highs and lows, ecstasy and tears, and is universally loved by fans of the sport.

Despite watching former teammates move on from the club or being shown the exit door, Modric’s love for the club and the sport has kept him rooted in Spain.

The final goodbye? (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Several years have been celebrated as his final term at the club. His quality, however, never allowed an exit to materialise and he has regularly been the recipient of Real Madrid’s famed one-year extension.

The current term has followed the same trend, with many sources claiming it to be his last dance in Madrid. Yet, there has been an element of added conviction this time around, owing to a number of factors.

For starters, renewing Modric at 38 years of age for a further season seems like poor squad planning. The more important factor is the arrival of young and prepared replacements in midfield which rendered the department crowded.

The Croatian star struggled to adjust to the reduced playing time at first this season but has now accustomed himself to the new reality.

With no visible decline in quality, he is extraordinarily pushing for another extension at the club and has divided the board into two distinct sections – those in favour of a renewal and a sect against it.

Both options, needless to say, come with their own sets of pros and cons, and it is thus vital that Los Blancos make the right decision.

Weighting the benefits

‘What could possibly go wrong with renewing an in-form, evergreen club legend?’ one may ask, and there is indeed not much one can argue against it.

After all, Modric stands for Real Madrid and is synonymous with the club to a large extent. The veteran’s experience is invaluable to the manager and will be a massive weapon for the team on the big nights.

An added benefit of renewing Modric would be the mentoring he can provide the young and upcoming talents.

Ageing like fine wine. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

As a player who is aware that he is at the end of his cycle, the legend can help hone the club’s next generation of midfield heroes and help the team’s long-term project indirectly.

His acceptance of a reduced role only adds more fuel to the argument in favour of his continuity, for staying on the bench will not be a problem for the player.

Ancelotti will not be under much pressure to give him regular minutes and can continue developing the next generation as his primary focus.

The final point in giving him one more season is simply about honouring his contributions to the club and allowing him one final year at the club of his dreams and the chance to retire at Real Madrid, a desire that the player is said to have.

The inevitable cons

Keeping Modric on the bench for a hypothetical extended season, in theory, does not inhibit Ancelotti in any way as the player is willing to accept a reduced role.

Practically, however, it will paint a very different picture. Keeping the maestro who refuses to age on the bench is impossible, even if the player personally requests to not be played.

As has been the case this season, the veteran is one who steps up whenever asked and is capable of turning around a game even with a mere ten-minute cameo.

Will Modric stay or leave? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

His presence alone in the squad, thus, will deprive younger names like Arda Guler of experience and minutes in high-pressure situations, simply because Modric offers the manager a more reliable solution at times of adversity.

Playing only on the rosy nights when the team boast of a lead, meanwhile, will not really help younger stars develop and may hinder the manager’s long-term project.

Conclusion

The day Luka Modric bids farewell to the club where he has defined an era is not far away. Any decision on his future, thus, must be taken after careful evaluation of the team’s situation and the player’s contributions.

A sect of the club administration are open to offering the player one final contractual year, and the player is reportedly open to the commitment as well. Should talks begin, there will be no hurdles in its finalising.

There is thus an urgent need for the board and management to arrive at a consensus over Modric’s future and his role in the case of an extension.

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