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Kylian Mbappe wants to leave PSG for Real Madrid, can join for free in 2024
Last summer, Real Madrid thought they were set to sign Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer. Everything seemed set for the Frenchman’s arrival from PSG, until he performed a last-minute swerve to renew his contract with the Ligue 1 champions.
While he decided to continue at Parc des Princes, chatter about a future move to Real Madrid has continued to do the rounds, with Mbappe understood to have grown unhappy in Paris just a few months after signing a new deal.
And, according to The Athletic, Mbappe wants to leave PSG and sign for Real Madrid in the future. A move in the next summer seems unlikely, but the 24-year-old could make the jump in 2024 on a free transfer.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner signed a two-year deal with PSG until the summer of 2024. There is an option for a one-year extension, but it requires the player to agree to it as well.
So, in case Mbappe does not wish to trigger the extension option, he would become a free agent next summer and would be able to join Real Madrid on a Bosman deal.
The report states that Los Blancos are keeping an eye on Mbappe’s situation as they are aware that they need to sign a new striker sooner rather than later as Karim Benzema is in the final phase of his career and has no viable cover in the squad.
However, a move for Mbappe is unlikely to happen next summer. But, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner set to become a free agent next year and given his desire to join the Merengues, this story is far from over.
Erling Haaland is also a name on Real Madrid’s radar and he could be a possibility, considering Manchester City’s recent FFP breaches and the potential sanctions that will come with it.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.