Journalist Ramon Alvarez reports that Kylian Mbappe’s long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid is close. It will go down as football’s most expensive transfer in history.
Neymar Jr’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, to this day, remains football’s most expensive transfer at €222 million.
If the Spanish journalist’s numbers are to be trusted, Mbappe’s signing could cost the Galacticos around €230 million.
Real Madrid’s stance on economic stability
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Spanish giants prioritised the club’s economic stability over any player’s signing.
However, the Spanish journalist adds that Real Madrid are not very concerned about the cash being splashed for his signing.
Mbappe will begin generating revenue for the Merengues from the moment he joins Real Madrid as the boost to jersey sales and the addition of his brand to the team’s name will end up compensating for the economic investment the club make.
As such, Los Blancos will not hesitate on splashing the cash for his signing this summer, with PSG set to conduct negotiations through an intermediary they have hired.
Of the €230 million that the Parisian giants will ask for Mbappe, not all will go into the club’s coffers, with some of it likely to be used to pay the player to convince him to leave.
How do Mbappe’s options weigh up?
The Frenchman has Real Madrid as his only option and is said to have turned down even the economically lucrative proposal from Saudi Arabia.
His initial plan was to join the club of his dreams next summer on a free transfer, but PSG’s latest stance appears to have him stirred.
Mbappe is currently in Paris after being dropped by the French side’s pre-season tour to Japan, with PSG giving him only two options to choose from – an immediate departure or a renewal.
With a move to Asia off the table, and a renewal unlikely, moving to Real Madrid remains the only possible choice for him.
Florentino Perez has the money ready to sign the talented winger but has been quiet on the matter despite the developments in Paris.
Word has it that he will only begin negotiations if either PSG or Mbappe initiate the talks in the weeks to come.
And with PSG set to initiate contacts through intermediaries to inform Madrid about the €230 million transfer fees, things will start moving soon.
Real Madrid goalscorer played with a dislocated shoulder against Las Palmas
Journalist Arancha Rodriguez has claimed that Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz played the Las Palmas game with a dislocation in his right shoulder, which actually happened last Sunday during the derby match against Atletico Madrid.
The news was later confirmed by the forward’s father, Sufiel Abdekalder, who told The Athletic, “Yes [he had dislocated shoulder], but we didn’t want it to be public. Our 100% focus was on the match.”
The former AC Milan loanee started his first game of the season and it was his goal that marked the beginning of Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Las Palmas.
The 24-year-old was later replaced in the 57th minute but by then, the Los Blancos had already established a two-goal lead.
“I’m so proud, you can’t describe the feeling, it’s something unique. I can only thank the fans because I’ve had an incredible welcome. I’m very happy to be here and play for this badge,” the forward said after the game.
Special outing for Diaz
The Las Palmas game was the first time that Diaz started a game for Real Madrid.
The versatile attacking midfielder found himself among the five alterations made by Carlo Ancelotti following the disheartening derby performance against Atletico Madrid last Sunday, a game where Diaz was only introduced in the 70th minute.
The 24-year-old seized the opportunity with both hands, scoring the opening goal in what was a comfortable outing for the team.
Given the competition at hand, Diaz has been forced to settle for substitute appearances this season but fans have witnessed his unwavering dedication during this time.
The love he received from the Madrid supporters was shown when he was substituted during the second half.
While it is unlikely that his run in the first-team will continue, especially since Vinicius Jr. has now returned, the 24-year-old must continue to keep his head on the ground and work towards achieving the common goal this season.