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Ex-Real Madrid boss believes club will sign Mbappe: “Need a striker who guarantees 30 goals”

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Speaking to BILD (h/t AS), former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster has claimed that the club will sign Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the PSG superstar but things have not been moving as the forward is reluctant to leave the club this summer and prefers to join the Merengues as a free agent in 2024.

PSG, for their part, are keen on offloading their star attacker as they do not want to lose him for free next summer. As such, they are have given him a deadline of July 31 to make a decision on his future – either accept a departure now or sign a new contract.

Real Madrid, for their part, are waiting on the sidelines to make a move if he becomes available. If not, the Merengues are more than happy to wait for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner until next year.

However, Schuster reckons that the Spanish capital club will sign Mbappe this summer as they need a striker who can score 30-40 goals per season and cannot rely on Joselu to do so following the departure of Karim Benzema.

“I can’t imagine Joselu becoming Real Madrid’s regular centre-forward. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have always scored 30 or 40 goals a season in the last ten years, Joselu won’t do that. That’s why I think Florentino Perez will sign Mbappe this summer,” the former Real Madrid and Barcelona footballer said.

At the same time, the German football icon urged that Mbappe needs to leave PSG as he is wasting his golden years there, saying:

“Mbappe needs to get into one of the top three leagues in Europe as soon as possible, and Real Madrid still need a striker who guarantees at least 30 goals.

“The disappointment at PSG is getting bigger and bigger. He is losing his golden years there. He has to leave PSG now.”

Manager Carlo Ancelotti was asked about Real Madrid’s pursuit of Mbappe on Thursday but chose to remain tight-lipped on the situation. Everything will depend on the superstar and PSG resolving the issue, with Los Blancos ready and waiting to swoop in.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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