Transfer Talk: Real Madrid, Man City keeping eye on Alphonso Davies

Dec 12, 2023, 07:45 PM ET

The winter transfer window hasn’t re-opened in Europe yet, but there are moves in the works and plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Man City, Real Madrid focused on Davies’ contract situation

Manchester City and Real Madrid are on red alert as Alphonso Davies‘ contract negotiations have stalled at Bayern Munich, according to Florian Plettenberg.

The 23-year-old defender’s current deal expires in 2025, and Bayern’s offers of a new deal have reportedly fallen short of Davies’ expectations of €10-13 million per year.

Bayern are currently unwilling to pay the Canadian that much because they are not entirely satisfied with his performances in recent weeks.

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Real Madrid have serious interest in Davies and have reportedly contacted his agents regarding a possible deal.

The Canada skipper, who has helped his side to five Bundesliga titles including the treble in 2020, wants to be paid in line with the club’s biggest stars.

Manchester City have held interest in Davies previously and will no doubt be keeping an eye on the situation.

Real Madrid and Manchester City will be looking to acquire Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)


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