Brighton & Hove Albion sign Real Madrid target

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Real Madrid's left-back situation has been a topic of heavy discussion. Ferland Mendy has continued to deal with injuries but when he has been fit, he has delivered impressive performances. That might not be enough to keep him at Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future though as rumours suggest that Los Blancos are open to parting ways with the Frenchman next summer.

On the other hand, the club did sign Fran Garcia last summer. He had impressed at Rayo Vallecano but has failed to convince with his performances for Real Madrid this season and does not seem like a player the club can rely on to be a starter.

Thus, Real Madrid are expected to sign a left-back next summer. They are the favourites to get a deal done for Alphonso Davies, if he leaves Bayern Munich.

Davies is not the only left-back they have been linked with in recent months though. As reported by Fichajes, Real Madrid were one of the clubs who expressed interest in signing Valentin Barco from Boca Juniors.

Brighton & Hove Albion sign Real Madrid target

Barco's immediate future has been settled though. And it is not Real Madrid who are signing the Argentine left-back.

Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed the signing of Barco from Boca Juniors on their official website. He has joined on a four-and-a-half-year contract until June 2028.

It is not hard to see why Real Madrid might have been interested in signing Barco. The club have been very active in recent years when it comes to signing South American wonderkids. The likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Fede Valverde have become superstars at Santiago Bernabeu while Endrick will be arriving in the summer.

Barco is heading for Brighton & Hove Albion. While not the biggest name in world football, the Seagulls have been world-class when it comes to identifying and developing talents in recent times.