Manchester United are currently going through the process of takeover, with several potential suitors lodging bids to become the club’s new owners. One such party interested to assume control of the club is Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani.
A leading banker and the son of the former Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim has grand plans for Manchester United if he were to complete the takeover.
Indeed, according to BILD journalist Christian Falk, should Sheikh Jassim’s Group successfully complete their takeover bid at Manchester United, they plan to make a move for Real Madrid wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga in the summer.
Along with that, the potential new owners of Manchester United will also target a move for the Merengues’ long-term attacking target Kylian Mbappe.
Both players have been, at some point in their careers, linked with a move to Manchester United. But, it was Real Madrid who signed Camavinga in 2021 while they remain strongly linked with Mbappe, who could be targeted in 2024, when his PSG contract expires.
As for Camavinga, the 20-year-old has grown into a vital part of this Real Madrid setup after a slow start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu. In fact, the Frenchman has been one of the best players for the club in the second half of the ongoing campaign.
So much so that, Real Madrid are already working on renewing his contract despite the fact that his current deal already runs until 2027. The new deal could go up until 2029 and have a release clause worth €1 billion.
On top of that, it is also claimed that Camavinga is ‘crazy’ about Real Madrid and is very happy at the club. So, it is hard to imagine that Manchester United would be able to lure him away if Sheikh Jassim is successful in his takeover.
With Mbappe, however, such a scenario could emerge as the money that might be offered could possibly tempt the French superstar.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.