Given the problems with Sergio Ramos’ contract extension, as well as speculation about the future of Raphael Varane, Real Madrid could purchase a central defender, claims As.
There are four Madrid candidates: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples), Jules Kounde (Seville), and Pau Torres (Villarreal). By refusing to extend his contract with Bayern and becoming a free agent in the summer, Alaba is a priority choice for Madrid.
Real Madrid claims a move for Koulibaly, Kounde or Torres is impossible considering the serious financial losses suffered by the club and the need to pay back loans.
The price of Napoli for a player will depend on whether the team will qualify for the Champions League. In his deal, Kounde has a set buyout clause of €90m and Real Madrid will not be able to pay it. It is possible to buy Pau Torres for €50m and Villarreal does not plan to negotiate to reduce that number.
Alaba wants a net of 11m euros per season. Manchester County, meanwhile, is offering him a €15m salary. In his team, Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has long wanted Koulibaly. Several inquiries have already been made by the Madrid club about the Napoli player, and the Real Madrid leadership has also met several times with the player’s lawyer, Fali Ramadani.
For Koulibaly, €120m was requested back then. It is noted that, if Napoli qualifies for the Champions League, the deal would become impossible.
There are questions at Real Madrid regarding Pau Torres.
The club claims that the player has played several high-level matches when playing for Villarreal. Real Madrid fears that Torres might repeat Eder Militao’s route, which cost the club €50 million as well.