Death, taxes, and Real Madrid being linked with Alphonso Davies.

One thing we’ve learned in 2023 is that Real are going to be linked with Davies until he signs for them or… well, there’s probably no alternative. They’ll still want him.

The Canada star is the Spanish giants’ number-one transfer target, according to reports in Spain and Germany. Marca claims that left-back is Real’s priority position for strengthening and that they deem Davies to be the most attractive and most necessary signing in that position.

However, Real are thought to be limiting their interest at this point to simply monitoring the 22-year-old’s contract situation, as they do not want to cause tension with Bayern, with whom they have done numerous transfer dealings in the past, such as the signings of Toni Kroos and David Alaba. Any potential move to Spain is not thought to be likely until next summer’s transfer window, although the deal could of course be arranged in advance in the coming months.

Davies has two years left on his contract at Bayern and talks about a new deal have not progressed in recent months as the Bavarian giants have undergone something on an off-field overhaul with CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić leaving.

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Bayern’s new sporting director Christoph Freund has many tasks at hand, one of which is to sort out Davies’ future. But, according to reports, he is unlikely to sign a new deal beyond 2025.

Davies has made a strong start to the Bundesliga campaign, with three assists under his belt already and a burgeoning partnership with new star striker Harry Kane.

Real Madrid have been linked with Davies for what seems like an age already, with talk last summer, in January, and this summer that they could move for the former Vancouver Whitecaps diamond. A move this summer never looked on the cards, and Davies’ future at Die Roten seemed pretty assured until the hierarchical changes at Bayern.

The Canadian’s agent Nick Huoseh had an agreement with the club and Salihamidžić for a new deal last season, but the director’s departure is thought to have changed things significantly and talks have been delayed until 2024. In the intervening months, Davies, though he would insist he is focusing on his football, is sure to be assessing his future.

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It’s incredible to comprehend given how long he has been at the top of the European game already — he’s played over 150 games for Bayern, winning five Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League — but Davies doesn’t turn 23 until November. The prime of his career, injuries permitting, is still years away.

Whether he wants to spend that period winning the Bundesliga every year in Munich or he wants to test himself in another top European league remains to be seen. But it appears that, at least for the foreseeable future, Real Madrid will be waiting for him if he likes the idea of life in Spain.