Real Madrid abandon major transfer in shock change of policy

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 20 Apr 2024 10:50 BST
  • 4 min read
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid, 2023/24

Real Madrid seemed set for a historic summer transfer window, with Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies lined up to bolster the club’s already formidable squad.

There has, however, been a hiccup with the Bernabeu side who have “cooled” their interest in Bayern Munich’s Davies, according to a report from TodoFichajes.

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The Canada international has been locked in a contract battle with the Bundesliga outfit for many months, resulting in the player’s agent firing shots at the club for putting undue pressure on his client.

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Davies’ transfer to Real Madrid seemed inevitable, yet it now appears that the Bernabeu side are prepared to bide their time in this case.

Primarily, there are fears about spending €50-60 million on a player whose contract expires in 2025. Instead, it appears they are willing to wait until Davies is out of contract and sign him on a free transfer, as they will do with Mbappe this summer.

One of the reasons for this has been the rise in prominence of Ferland Mendy in recent weeks. The 28-year-old France international has established himself as Madrid’s primary left-back and his solidarity is appreciated by those at the club.

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Alphonso Davies' dream move to Real Madrid hangs in the balance
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Mendy preferred to Davies

TodoFichajes states: “Mendy has established himself as one of the players who defends best and dribbles the least, as reflected in the statistics, and thinking about investing a large sum in Davies, many doubts have been raised. And in addition to the Frenchman's growth, the Canadian has shown a notable or even drastic decline in his game.

“Thinking about spending €50m or €60m to reinforce the left-handed side, the option that is gaining momentum right now and that Jose Angel Sanchez prioritises is the renewal of Mendy, whose contract ends in 2025 and bringing up a player from the reserve team as a substitute, or even pull a central defender if required.

“The Davies option has cooled down a lot.”

Nevertheless, it should not be ruled out that Real Madrid have put this message in the media as a bargaining ploy with Bayern in an attempt to drive down Davies' transfer fee.

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