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PSG defender would be ‘delighted’ to move to Real Madrid, ready to take pay cut – report

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Achraf Hakimi is widely recognised as one of the most talented young right-backs in the game currently. Having come through the ranks at Real Madrid, the Moroccan ace never really got an extended run with the first-team setup at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Indeed, Hakimi made just 17 senior appearances for Los Blancos and after two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020, he was sold off to Inter Milan for a big fee.

A year later, PSG snapped him up for an even bigger transfer fee and the 24-year-old has thrived in France. Now, Hakimi is starring for the Moroccan national team at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, playing a key role in their surprise run to the semi-finals.

While he may have signed for PSG only eighteen months ago, the rumours of a potential return to Real Madrid have been doing the rounds already.

And according to journalist Rodra P, Hakimi would be ‘delighted’ to return to Real Madrid if a chance presented itself. The 24-year-old is said to be a true Madridista at heart and would even be willing to take a pay cut to secure a move back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid will need to replenish their options in the right-back position in the near future. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are into their thirties while the latter will be entering the final year of his contract next summer.

Young Vinicius Tobias is making an impression with the Castilla team and could be signed permanently. But the possibility of bringing back an accomplished star like Hakimi to replace Carvajal in the long run could be appealing to the Merengues.

While the player may be willing to make the jump back to the Bernabeu, signing him from PSG could be a difficult task. Firstly, there is a lot of bad blood between the two clubs due to the Kylian Mbappe saga as well as the European Super League project.

Furthermore, Hakimi is contracted with the Parisian giants until the summer of 2026. So, as appealing as a return to Real Madrid might be for both parties, luring him away from PSG could be an impossible task.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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