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Liverpool emerge as serious competition for Real Madrid in Kylian Mbappe race – report

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With the new year upon us, Kylian Mbappe has entered the final six months of his contract at PSG, which has led to talks about a summer move to Real Madrid surfacing again.

According to what has been speculated in the media, Los Blancos are already working on sending a contract offer to Mbappe, with the player now free to negotiate with any club of his choice.

The idea on Real Madrid’s part is for them to quickly seal an agreement with the 25-year-old Frenchman and avoid any drama like in 2022.

And, if they do not receive the desired response from Mbappe and his camp before mid-January, the Merengues intend to move on to Plan B, which happens to be Erling Haaland.

Liverpool serious competitors for Mbappe

However, as per fresh reports from Le Parisien, Real Madrid are not alone in the race to sign Mbappe as Liverpool also have serious interest in snapping up the PSG superstar.

As per the report, the Reds’ manager, Jurgen Klopp, is a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old French forward and wants him at Anfield next season.

There are some uncertainties surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool as he is courting serious interest from Saudi Arabia. If he does end up departing, the Reds would need a marquee addition, with Mbappe being eyed as a target.

Where will Mbappe end up in the summer? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

PSG extension not ruled out either

At the same time, the report states that the possibility of Mbappe renewing his contract with PSG cannot be completely taken off the table either.

This comes on the back of rumours in France suggesting that Les Parisiens remain optimistic about the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner remaining at the club beyond the ongoing campaign.

So, as things stand, it appears that Real Madrid will have a tough battle with Liverpool and PSG in securing Mbappe’s services.

But, as per reports, this would be the last chance for the French forward to secure his dream move to the Spanish capital as the club will not go after him again if he does not arrive in 2024.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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