Davies shines as Real Madrid reportedly pursues (video)

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Bayern Munich is cruising past Eintracht Frankfurt in Week 27 with Canadian import Alphonso Davies shining again for the Bundesliga leaders

The 19-year-old left back sent in the cross on Thomas Muller’s goal to make it 2-0 at the Allianz Arena, the assist standing as his seventh in all competitions and fifth in the Bundesliga.

He later scored his third goal of the season after Eintracht had pulled the score line to 3-2 with dogged pursuit of the ball.

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Davies moved from Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern just last year, but is already undisputed best player for the Canadian national team with five goals and eight assists in 17 caps.

Bayern likely has little interest in selling him despite the potential to make a huge profit on the $10 million it spent to get him out of Major League Soccer.

Don Balon says the one team willing to tempt any other with big money is lurking, though; Real Madrid sees Davies as a potential replacement for legendary left-sided man Marcelo.

That’s big time, though Bayern will see Davies as a left back for potential to take the position for a decade. The Bavarians have a pretty celebrated history of players who’ve lined up at left back for parts of their careers including Bixente Lizarazu, David Alaba, and even Philip Lahm.

It’s a pretty sensational report, though we’ve seen Real spend big money on many of the world’s very top teen players in recent seasons, including Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Reinier Jesus.

How much money would it take to tempt Bayern in this climate? Elite left backs are perhaps the most premium position in the game.

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Plus for all his talent, Davies wouldn’t be terribly well-served by leaving a club that spent so much time, energy, and research on vetting him for a big role.

Here’s what former Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson told us about the recruitment process last year.

“Bayern did their homework. They watched the player, met the player, got references from people around him, then sat down with him and his representatives and laid down a five-year plan for him. In that plan was opportunities with first and second team, and that’s what people don’t understand with young players. It’s not just about what they do on a Saturday in front of 30,000 people. It’s what they do off the field. It’s what they do from Monday to Friday.”