Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Braga defender David Carmo as they continue to prepare for the possible exit of Sergio Ramos.
Ramos is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to agree terms to a new deal with Los Blancos, forcing the club into planning for life without their captain and drafting up a list of replacements.
Plenty of names have been linked with a move to Madrid as a result of the ongoing conundrum, including David Alaba – who has confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich.
AS report that Real Madrid have been scouting Carmo at Braga and remain keen on the player, who has been heavily linked with a move to top European sides in recent months and is said to have a release clause of €40m (roughly £34.8m).
Carmo is currently nursing a fractured ankle, which he suffered in Braga’s clash with Porto on 14 February and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. This hasn’t deterred Real’s interest however, nor will it warn off other sides from attempting to sign Carmo in the summer.
Reports claim that Liverpool registered their interest in the Portuguese defender during the January transfer window, with AS noting that Braga and Liverpool failed to agree terms over structuring the finances of a deal for a defender. Braga were insistent on a loan deal with an obligation to buy for €25m, while the Premier League champions were only prepared to go as high as €20m.
Ramos is currently nursing an injury of his own and remains unavailable for Real Madrid. He confirmed he had undergone knee surgery to alleviate a persistent problem, but reassured fans via Twitter that he would be back on the pitch soon.
Carmo had made 21 appearances in all competitions for Braga this season before his injury and would perhaps represent a more cost-effective defensive signing from the Portguese league compared to Eder Miltao, who set Real back by €50m in 2019.