In a matter of hours, Real Madrid will take the pitch to face off against neighbours and arch-rivals Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos have lost just two games so far this entire season, both of which have come against Diego Simeone’s men – once in La Liga and once in Copa del Rey.
The odds are once again stacked against Carlo Ancelotti’s men as they go into the contest with just one fit senior centre-back.
Indeed, Antonio Rudiger’s injury vs Getafe has left him a major doubt for the game while Eder Militao and David Alaba are already out with ACL injuries, leaving Nacho as the only fit central defender.
As such, Ancelotti is likely to be forced to start Ferland Mendy at centre-back tonight, considering that Aurelien Tchouameni is also suspended. And with Fran Garcia suffering an injury in training on Saturday, Eduardo Camavinga could end up filling in at left-back.
But things could get even more complicated for Real Madrid when they face Girona in La Liga a week later as both Mendy and Camavinga are at risk of getting suspended for that match.
Indeed, the French defender and midfielder are currently on four yellow cards in La Liga and another booking in tonight’s derby would earn them a one-match suspension, ruling them out for next week’s top-of-the-table clash against Girona.
Given the situation with injuries, Ancelotti & co. will want to avoid losing more players to suspension and as such, Mendy and Camavinga will need to be careful and cautious against Atletico Madrid tonight.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.