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Mbappe wanted PSG to sign €100 million Real Madrid new boy in the summer – report

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Kylian Mbappe is back dominating the headlines once again just five months after renewing his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Frenchman had looked all set to join Real Madrid on a Bosman move last summer but made a shock U-turn in the last moment to pen a new contract with PSG.

As part of the new deal, the 23-year-old was reportedly given a say in the major decisions that the club made with regard to transfer targets and managerial appointments, apart from a hefty signing-on bonus and mammoth wages.

And, according to MARCA, one of the signings that Mbappe recommended and requested was that of Aurelien Tchouameni. However, PSG were beaten to the midfielder’s signing by Real Madrid, who landed the 22-year-old in a deal that could rise up to €100 million.

The former AS Monaco ace was a man in demand in the summer window as Liverpool too had shown an interest in his services, apart from PSG.

However, Tchouameni always had Real Madrid on his mind as soon as he became aware of their interest, as revealed by himself in a recent interview.

The report from MARCA claims that PSG’s failure to deliver on the promise of signing Tchouameni is one of many reasons why Mbappe is now pushing to leave the club.

The 23-year-old feels ‘betrayed’ by the Ligue 1 champions and is willing to move on as early as January, with a move to Real Madrid said to be his preference. However, PSG have no intentions of letting him join the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.

It will be interesting to see whether Mbappe gets his wishes to join Real Madrid and play with his compatriot, Tchouameni, who he wanted to pair up with at PSG itself this past summer.

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  1. Femy

    October 13, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Now he wants to come to Realmadrid? He should stay with his choice of lucrative contracts, unofficial PSG sporting director and his arrogant behavior because non of these would be available at Realmadrid.
    Hala Madrid!!!!😁😁

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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