With the summer transfer window not very far away, transfer speculations are picking up speed. One subject that is certain to dominate the headlines this summer is the future of a certain Kylian Mbappe.
The PSG superstar has just a little over two months left on his current contract and has so far turned down the offers presented by the Ligue 1 leaders over a renewal.
A move to Real Madrid has been mooted for the longest time now and it could end up materialising at the end of the ongoing campaign, with the likelihood of the French international joining Los Blancos in a Bosman deal increasing.
And, Defensa Central has now come out with a report that highlights the importance of the role Karim Benzema has played to convince Mbappe to make the jump to Spain.
While Mbappe has always desired to move to Real Madrid, there had been some resistance from his father and family over a transfer this summer. The report states that they wanted the forward to continue at PSG for two more years before moving away.
However, Benzema has forged a strong bond with the 23-year-old forward and has been constantly telling him about the club, which has swayed the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, as per the report.
It is claimed that Benzema and Mbappe have become very close since the former’s return to the national team fold ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 last year. So much so that Mbappe wants to play at the club level with the veteran striker.
Considering that the Real Madrid superstar is already 34 years old, he might have just one or two more years left at the highest level. And, Mbappe is keen on joining forces with him at the Bernabeu before he retires or moves on.
As a result, the PSG attacker is believed to be pushing to sign for Real Madrid this summer itself rather than waiting for a couple more years as per his father’s wishes.
PSG, for their part, are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to convince Mbappe to stay. But all things point towards him joining Real Madrid this summer, with Benzema seemingly playing a key role in the decision.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.