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Marco Verratti comments on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid rumours



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To say that Kylian Mbappe is invaluable to Paris Saint-Germain would be an understatement. The Frenchman has carried the Paris based team through both domestically and in Europe this season despite having some of football’s biggest names in his dressing room.

The thought of the youngster departing PSG is unthinkable for the Parisian fans and management alike. Unsurprisingly, the club went all out to secure a contract renewal with the World Cup winner.

Despite being offered astronomical wages, the captain’s armband and 100% of his image rights, amongst other perks, Mbappe seems set to depart the French side in the summer. Real Madrid are best placed to sign him.

In recent weeks, Los Blancos are said to have finalised the details of his transfer. Moreover, it was reported that the Madrid based side planned to announce the move after the UEFA Champions League final.

Marco Verratti was asked about the future of his teammate and his possible move to Real Madrid. The Italian international said he did not know much about Mbappe’s decision.

“Mbappe? It’s his decision and I’m waiting, like you. When I’m off and see notifications that say Kylian is in Madrid, it gives me a stomach ache (laughs). Even if afterwards he said to me: I was on vacation,” he was quoted as saying.

The forward’s contract ends in June, after which he can join any team of his choice on a free transfer. Needless to say, this comes as a big blow to PSG’s plans for next season while providing Carlo Ancelotti with the biggest boost he could ask for.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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