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‘Operation Mbappe’ to heat up at Real Madrid over the next week – report

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Rodrigo Faez has finally broken the ice on the future and potential transfer of Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid. According to the journalist, the Merengues will turn up the heat in his pursuit next week.

It has been a restless couple of days at Santiago Bernabeu, for the Frenchman’s silence left the club with no clarity of their approach to the transfer market. Real Madrid have Mbappe as their top priority, but there appears to be no plan B.

Florentino Perez and the administration at the Valdebebas are convinced that the 24-year-old will join Real Madrid and that his move is only a matter of time. With that confidence, Los Blancos not only cut off talks with all other potential targets but also declared their transfer market closed for the ongoing summer.

To this point, there is no clarity over whether Mbappe will join the Merengues this summer or the next.

After all, reports state that he does not want to forfeit his wages for next season in Paris and the signing bonus that Los Blancos would offer him if he signs on a free transfer. The aforementioned bonus could run up to €130 million.

Paris Saint-Germain, however, do not concur. The Ligue 1 champions are firm that they will sell Mbappe this summer if he does not intend to renew, and the tussle between the two parties was responsible for the prolonged silence on the situation.

The coming week will thus be critical in deciding not only Mbappe’s but also Real Madrid’s fate heading into the new season.

The Meerengues are in dire need of depth in the forward department, and will likely enter the season with just three established forwards if the Frenchman pushes his arrival to 2024.

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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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