Even though the summer transfer window is still a long way away, the rumours surrounding Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappe are already starting to do the rounds.
After having attempted to sign the French international from PSG in the past three summer transfer windows, it appears that the union could finally materialise next year when his contract runs out.
Mbappe’s salary would be €35 million (net)
Indeed, Mbappe will become a free agent in the summer of 2024 as his contract with PSG stands to expire.
So far, the 24-year-old French international has shown no indication of wanting to prolong the partnership even though the Ligue 1 champions are still hoping to convince him to sign a new deal.
And if he decides to not renew with PSG, Real Madrid are considered the best placed to sign Mbappe, with Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito TV also providing an update on the possible contract that he would be handed in the Spanish capital.
As per the report, if Mbappe signs for Real Madrid next summer, he will be earning a net salary of €35 million after taxes, which would make him the highest earner at the club.
It is reported that he currently pockets around €90 million per year at PSG, along with significant bonuses and add-ons.
Last chance for Mbappe?
Having tried to sign him in each of the last three transfer windows, Real Madrid will once again make an attempt for Mbappe in 2024.
However, if reports are to be believed, this will be the last chance for the French international to join Los Blancos.
If he opts to renew with PSG or choose a different club next summer, the Merengues plan on moving on from the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner for good.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.