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Official: Real Madrid sign Kylian Mbappe

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Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.

The French international, who will arrive at the club on a free transfer, has signed a five-year contract with the team, keeping him committed to Los Blancos until 2029.

“Real Madrid CF and Kylian Mbappé have reached an agreement whereby he will be a Real Madrid player for the next five seasons,” the statement reads.

This announcement marks the end of a lengthy transfer saga that began stirring back in 2022. 

At that time, Real Madrid eagerly pursued Mbappe, offering an enticing deal. However, the young forward opted to extend his stay with PSG instead. 

Fast forward two years, and after forgoing a substantial loyalty bonus from his former club, Mbappe finally lands in Madrid. 

During his time with PSG, he showcased his prowess in over 300 matches, netting an impressive tally of 256 goals, solidifying his status as the club’s leading goal scorer.

Interestingly, despite his star status, Mbappe won’t be the top earner at Real Madrid. The club has opted to maintain parity in pay among players, ensuring Mbappe receives similar compensation to his teammates like Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham. 

This marks a significant departure from the lucrative terms offered two years ago, highlighting a shift in the club’s approach.

While the formal announcement has been made, fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Mbappe don the Real Madrid jersey in person. 

His official presentation is slated to take place after the conclusion of the UEFA Euro, adding to the anticipation surrounding his arrival.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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