Even though the odds are stacked in favour of Real Madrid as far as Kylian Mbappe’s pursuit is concerned, there are other parties who continue to remain in the picture for his signing.
With Mbappe’s fate at PSG sealed, all signs point towards him leaving the club this summer, despite his insistence on wanting to see out the remaining year on his contract.
Real Madrid are keen on the 24-year-old and wish to close his signing by the second week of August, but could face some competition from other clubs.
Chelsea in the hunt for Mbappe?
According to journalist Pedro Morata on COPE, Chelsea are in the picture for the signing of Mbappe in the current transfer window.
Indeed, the Blues’ owner Todd Boehly has already called PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to explore the possibility of a transfer.
Chelsea have bolstered their frontline already this summer with the additions of Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, both of whom are impressing heavily in pre-season.
But under the new ownership, Chelsea have not held back as far as their spending in the market is concerned and it would not come as a surprise to see them go after Mbappe’s signing with intent.
Mbappe wants only Real Madrid
PSG are seeking a transfer fee of around €250 million for their prized asset – something that Los Blancos are reluctant to pay, but Chelsea could be open to meeting that valuation.
While talks might have begun between Chelsea and PSG, any move would require Mbappe to give the final green light.
But, the 24-year-old has no intention of signing for any other club apart from Real Madrid, having already turned down a mammoth €200 million contract from Al Hilal.
The longer the status quo continues, the better for Real Madrid as it would force PSG to accept a lower fee than their initial demands.
At the same time, though, Los Merengues wish to close the book on his signing ideally before the season kicks off in the second week of August. So, things could start moving in the coming days.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.