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Mbappe getting closer to Real Madrid in a world-record €230 million deal – report

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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.

On his way to Spain at last? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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  1. Byronleemarley

    July 27, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    Mbappe was born to play for Real Madrid. I really hope for both his sake and the sake of football in general that this deal goes through. His unique talents are being wasted in Paris. He NEEDS to play for Galacticos. Still so young and he’s accomplished so much already on the international stage, it’s time to do it at the club level as well. The best should play for the biggest!

    • Kay

      July 28, 2023 at 7:39 pm

      If he refuses to leave and wants to leave on a free, PSG should have him benched all season without kicking a second of football.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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