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Premier League giants pull out of race to sign Kylian Mbappe – report

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Transfer speculation regarding Kylian Mbappe has become somewhat of an inevitable trend during the transfer window over the last couple of seasons, but there never seems to be a concrete resolution about the Frenchman’s future.

And with the speculation come a host of reports regarding clubs that would like to secure the highly sought-after 24-year-old. Aside from the links to Real Madrid and the mouth-watering proposal from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal, a number of English clubs were also reported to be keeping their eyes peeled for Mbappe.

However, according to a report by Le Parisien (h/t Madrid Xtra), Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea have halted their pursuit of Mbappe.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks about Mbappe’s potential transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain, and while it does seem like Madrid are frontrunners for his signature, there has been no concrete decision

Reports also surfaced earlier that Real Madrid have been in contact with the player’s camp, but are waiting for the player or PSG to make the first move in order to take matters forward.

The Galacticos seem to have a fairly strong position in these negotiations, given Mbappe’s tentativeness to commit anywhere else. His fractured relationship with PSG makes it highly unlikely that the Frenchman will stay with the club.

Despite having splurged in the summer on Jude Bellingham, among other exciting signings like Arda Guler, Madrid’s strong financial position could see them comfortably spend more cash to bring in Mbappe.

A crucial few weeks lie ahead in this transfer saga. This could finally be the window when Florentino Perez’s dream of bringing the World-Cup winner to Madrid comes to fruition unless the record-breaking proposal from Al Ahli sways the youngster.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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