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.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.