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Liverpool will rival Real Madrid in pursuit of €180 million-rated attacking superstar



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Over the past 12 hours or so, the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga has once again taken centre stage after it emerged that the 24-year-old superstar informed PSG via a letter that he will not renew his contract.

It would mean that Mbappe would become a free agent next year and could leave for no fee. With PSG keen on avoiding such a scenario, the French forward could be sold this summer itself, alerting Real Madrid to the possibility of signing him.

However, according to MARCA, Real Madrid will not be alone in pursuit of Mbappe as Liverpool will be expected to rival them if the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner does end up on the market.

Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Mbappe. They had offered close to €200 million for him in 2021, but PSG rejected their advances. The Merengues believed that they had his signing on a free transfer in the bag last year, only for the attacker to perform a last-minute swerve and renew with the Parisians.

However, with Mbappe now officially informing PSG that he does not wish to extend his contract, Florentino Perez is prepared to go all-out for his signing again.

But PSG are unwilling to do business with Real Madrid and would prefer to sell Mbappe to anyone else apart from Los Blancos.

It opens up the door for Liverpool to make a move. Like Real Madrid, the Reds have also held a long-standing interest in Mbappe and could decide to move for him if it becomes certain that the Frenchman, whose market value is €180 million, is on the market this summer.

The player, for his part, dreams of a move to Real Madrid. However, with relationship between the two clubs strained, PSG could make it difficult for Mbappe to join the Spanish capital giants.

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Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance



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Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.

In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.

But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.

Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could

Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.

In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.

Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.

The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.

Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust

Ancelotti trusts Ferland Mendy. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.

Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.

So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.

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