Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a summer swoop for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite the defender enduring a torrid season in the English Premier League.
According to whispers in the Spanish media, the La Liga giants have identified the 24-year-old right-back as Dani Carvajal’s long-term successor, with Liverpool likely to demand at least €65 million for their homegrown star.
The talented Scouser has been at Anfield for nearly 20 years, rising through the ranks as a Liverpool fan on the fabled Kop. Alexander-Arnold burst onto the scene as a raw 18-year-old in 2016 but has since established himself as arguably the world’s premier right-back, starring in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League triumphs.
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However, the 2021-22 campaign has proven an annus horribilis for the marauding full-back, with his performances coming under scrutiny and his market value plummeting.
But Alexander-Arnold’s struggles haven’t dissuaded Real Madrid, who are on the hunt for a right-back amid Carvajal’s alarming decline and Lucas Vazquez’s inconsistency.
Real Madrid Target Trent Alexander-Arnold as Carvajal Successor
Los Blancos have a longstanding interest in players boasting Alexander-Arnold’s buccaneering qualities, and see him as the ideal candidate to inject youth into an aging squad.
However, prising the hometown hero away from Liverpool will be no mean feat, with his long-term deal not expiring until 2025. The Anfield club are also sure to slap an enormous price tag on a player who has become a symbol of their footballing philosophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Real Madrid could also face competition from bitter rivals Barcelona for Alexander-Arnold’s coveted signature. But if the allure of wearing the famous white shirt proves too much, a blockbuster summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu may well be on the cards for the boy from Merseyside.
An offer from one of La Liga’s superpowers might just be too tempting for Alexander-Arnold to turn down, as he looks to reignite a career that promised so much.