As is the case nearly every summer, Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappe dominated headlines in the summer transfer window, with a reunion finally seeming probable.
However, the Frenchman ended up staying put at PSG after the conclusion of a drawn-out saga, which included the player being alienated entirely by the Parisian set-up at one point.
PSG continue to be hopeful as they look to lure Mbappe into signing an extension, but the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is prepared to give up the €100 million bonuses he was owed in order to soften the blow of his eventual exit.
In the event he departs the Parisians, Real Madrid will once again be the frontrunner for his signature, but it is not ruled out that a new party enters the race.
Liverpool hope to beat Real Madrid
As per GOAL, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe to a new deal in 2024, it has been reported that Liverpool is still monitoring the player.
The Frenchman has long been admired by the Reds, and with concerns surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future, who will turn 32 this summer, Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be discounted as Real Madrid’s rivals in the race to recruit Mbappe.
The Premier League side had been previously linked as a potential destination for Mbappe during the past summer transfer window as well.
The report does not rule out Real Madrid as a viable destination for the French goalscorer, but he could sign a new deal with PSG as they attempt to avoid losing him for nothing.
Real Madrid want an agreement in January
It was previously reported that Real Madrid desire to reach an agreement with Kylian Mbappe in January 2024 over his arrival for free in the summer.
By agreeing terms before the transfer window opens, Real Madrid will be able to ward off any potential suitors, including Liverpool.
Time will tell where Mbappe’s destination lies, but for now, the Merseysiders appear to pose some threat to the Merengues.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo