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Copa Libertadores-winning midfielder says he would snub Real Madrid for Barcelona

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Fluminense and Brazil midfielder Andre has revealed that he would snub Real Madrid in favour of Barcelona if presented with a chance to join either of the La Liga giants in the future.

Andre, 22, has been making waves for his performances at Fluminense, where he is teammates with former Real Madrid captain and club legend Marcelo.

The four-time capped Brazilian international helped his club to the Copa Libertadores trophy earlier this year and then led them to the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, beating Al Ahly in the semi-finals.

Andre would prefer Barcelona or Real Madrid

Andre’s performances have seen him get linked with a move to Europe, with Liverpool having shown an interest in him during the summer.

While there are no explicit links between Andre and Real Madrid or Barcelona, the midfielder was quizzed about the club he would prefer if given an option.

In response, the Fluminense star said (h/t SPORT): “Barça or Madrid? They are two great clubs, but I would choose Barça.”

Real Madrid always have their eye on up-and-coming talents in Brazil and have had success in pursuing their targets as well – Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Reinier Jesus, and more recently, Endrick.

Andre is a talented midfielder, but Los Blancos already boast of one of the best midfield departments with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos.

Young talents like Nico Paz and Arda Guler are also available for now and the future.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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