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Image: Kylian Mbappe spotted with Real Madrid attacker amid transfer links

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As speculations over the future of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe continue to rise, the Frenchman was spotted with Real Madrid forward Rodrygo Goes while on vacation.

The Real Madrid players have been given a break by manager Carlo Ancelotti after their return from the pre-season tour of the USA.

And, making use of the vacation, Rodrygo is understood to have flown to Italy, where Mbappe is also on holiday.

And the two players happened to run into each other, with the Real Madrid winger sharing an image of them together on his Instagram.

Rodrygo wants Mbappe at Real Madrid

It is no secret that Mbappe is a top target for Real Madrid and they are keen to sign him either this summer or the next.

And Rodrygo has previously admitted that he would like to see the Frenchman make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“He is a phenomenon, one of the best players in the world. Right now we need a player in that position, the sooner, the better. I am excited that Mbappé is coming, but he has a contract, he is in Paris, and we must respect him,” Rodrygo had said in June.

I don’t have any information, we have to wait and see. Of course, I hope Mbappe comes because he will help us a lot. He is a real star, but we really don’t know anything,” he had further stated in an interview last month.

Will Mbappe arrive?

Real Madrid are playing the waiting game as far as their pursuit of Mbappe is concerned as they wish to force PSG to lower his transfer fee.

As such, they have not made any move to sign the 24-year-old as of yet while the player himself is continuing to insist that he wishes to see out his contract and leave for free next season.

For now, PSG have decided not to include Mbappe in the squad for their season opener next week, having already dropped him from the pre-season tour. If he does not change his stance, the World Cup winner could be banished to the stands for the entire campaign.

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  1. Babangida Othman

    August 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    I want mbappe, his parents, lawyers and advisers to look at how well he has been managed at PSG and the respect he earned, their decision was fair on him as per as soccer management is concerned but if he chose to stay for one year without playing and wages, ok then, if all these people I mentioned above cannot manage the situation well, then French football Association, European football Association and world football governing body have to intervene cos it will allow others to follow. Mbappe don’t have to be selfish as such, he got to remember nobody knows tomorrow but it will be very difficult for him to be as good as Messi and Ronaldo going by their individual achievements considered the fact that he is now 24 years old.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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