With each passing day, the transfer of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid keeps getting closer.
The French superstar will see his contract with PSG run out at the end of the season. So far, the forward has thwarted all the attempts from the club to renew his contract, with all signs pointing towards the 23-year-old desiring a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, PSG are not going down without a fight as they continue to try and convince Mbappe to sign a new contract and prolong his stay at Parc des Princes.
So far, PSG have tried to change Mbappe’s stance by having the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, involved in their bid to have the striker sign a new contract.
The Parisian giants are also leaning heavily on Achraf Hakimi, who happens to be Mbappe’s close friend within the dressing room, to help change his mind.
Now, Defensa Central reports that PSG have turned to club legend Ronaldinho as they try and do everything to prevent Mbappe from joining Real Madrid in the summer.
The Brazilian icon spent two years at PSG between 2001 and 2003 when he was signed from Gremio. He enjoyed great success at the club, even though Les Parisiens were far from being the superclub they are now, before moving to Barcelona.
Ronaldinho has now urged Mbappe to continue at the club, insisting that he can grow into the greatest player ever by staying in Paris.
Speaking on ‘Prime Video Sport’, he said: “ He can become the best player in the world and win the Champions League playing for Paris Saint-Germain.”
“If I want to see him stay here? That would be lovely, wouldn’t it? To see the best players evolve together in Paris and win the Champions League. That would be wonderful.”
Whether Ronaldinho’s words have any sway over Mbappe’s decision or not remains to be seen. As things stand, though, an exit from PSG looks the likeliest outcome.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.