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Kylian Mbappe still attracted to Real Madrid, will have to lower his financial demands though



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A lot has been said about Kylian Mbappe’s future in the past and if a recent report from journalist Carlos Carpio (h/t Madrid Xtra) is to be believed, then the World Cup winning Frenchman is still attracted to play for Real Madrid.

Mbappe, 24, is arguably Madrid’s biggest transfer target, but the operation is set to cost the team more than the actual briefing.

Hence, Carpio quotes that if the Frenchman does, in fact, want to don the royal white, then he must lower his financial demands and make himself available in the future for the team. Once that is done, team president Florentino Perez just cannot say no to a player like him.

The ongoing issue at Madrid is pretty evident, to say the least. Club captain Karim Benzema is approaching his wee years and with each passing month, the star forward is getting more vulnerable to injuries.

So to avoid future mishaps, the team from the capital city is hunting for a replacement and for that matter, not only Mbappe but even the likes of Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane have been linked.

There are claims (Todofichajes) that Madrid have already established contacts with Kane’s representative and given that his ongoing deal with the London-based team runs until 2024, the valuation can go up to €100 million.

As far as Mbappe is concerned, he is reportedly not happy at Paris Saint-Germain and is of the idea that he has now complied with all the conditions that were put forward during his previous extension.

In any way, signing Mbappe isn’t going to be a cakewalk, to say the very least. It’s not that Madrid will have to fend off other suitors but it is just that the price of the entire business might defy all odds.

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Harry Kane’s signing could complicate Real Madrid’s plan to sign Erling Haaland in 2024



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Those sitting in the Real Madrid offices are aware that the team needs an emergency number 9. In this context, manager Carlo Ancelotti has already affirmed that they are working on some targets, although he decided not to reveal any names.

Now, what makes this operation trickier is that Madrid already have Erling Haaland on their agenda. The Manchester City forward is billed for the summer of 2024, meaning that any signing Madrid make this year will be extremely short-term.

A couple of days back, we reported that Ancelotti has made the signing of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane his priority. The manager is of the idea that the England international will be the ideal candidate to provide competition to Benzema, whose physical fitness is now deteriorating.

As far as Kane is concerned, the Tottenham forward is rightly expected to leave and fellow Premier League side Manchester United happen to be interested in his acquisition as well.

It is not really difficult for Madrid to sign Kane, but the fact that Madrid already have Haaland in their plans is a problem, reports AS. At 29 years of age, Kane is not someone who would step down from his starting role when Haaland arrives. 

Add to it the continuity of Benzema is yet another issue. All this means there is a high possibility that if Kane arrives, the team will overbook the number 9 position.

At the moment, there is a parade of names that Madrid are following, namely, Goncalo Ramos, Dusan Vlahovic and even Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but nothing is certain at the moment.

What Madrid need is a short-term option, someone who is either willing to settle for a secondary role, even when Benzema leave/retires or is ready to come on a season-long loan to cover the position until Madrid sign Haaland in 2024. Either way, Harry Kane does not fit the bill.

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