Kylian Mbappe is once again at the centre of transfer speculations as his contract with PSG stands to expire in four months, with Real Madrid said to be primed to snap him up.
However, given the fact that he would be available for free in the summer meant that several other clubs showed interest in the 25-year-old superstar.
Liverpool, for one, were said to be a major threat to Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Mbappe, while Arsenal were also credited with tentative interest.
Arsenal, Liverpool end interest
But now, according to reports in England, as relayed by SPORT, both Liverpool and Arsenal are understood to have dropped out of the race to sign Mbappe in the summer.
It is claimed that both the Premier League heavyweights tried to undertake the signing of the 25-year-old World Cup winner in the summer, given that he would be available for free.
However, the wages that would be needed to sign Mbappe would break their salary structure. And as such, both Liverpool and Arsenal have decided not to go down that route, leaving the path clear for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid confident, but no deal agreed yet
Over the past few days, it has been claimed that Real Madrid have been growing more and more confident about their chances of signing Mbappe from PSG.
But the aforementioned report states that the wages being offered by Los Blancos are still some way off of what the 2018 World Cup winner is expecting.
Despite that, there is a positive feeling that the deal will be struck in the coming weeks and an announcement could be made soon, rather than delaying it until the end of the season.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.