Less than a month remains for the transfer window to officially open and teams have already begun making big-money signings.
The moves of Erling Haaland to Manchester City and Karim Adeyemi to Borussia Dortmund have shook the footballing world even before the commencement of the window. Yet, there is one transfer that can make bigger headlines than the Norwegian’s move to England.
Kylian Mbappe is one of football’s biggest stars and has single-handedly carried Paris-Saint Germain this season. The World Cup winner’s future in France is still undecided, with both Madrid and Paris being equal possibilities.
According to reports from Manu Sainz (h/t TheMadridZone), Nasser Al-Khelaifi was seen telling other members at the ECA meeting in Madrid that Mbappe would extend his contract with PSG.
The French club are said to have offered their star a renewal worth €50 million in order to keep him in Paris. However, there are reports that say that Mbappe prioritises a sporting project over money which could fuel his move to Real Madrid.
In 33 league games for PSG this season, the Frenchman has scored 24 goals and provided 15 assists. He averages two key passes per game and has created 21 big chances.
In the Champions League, he had ten goal contributions in just eight games this season and created three big chances.
After failing to win the prestigious competition despite having the worlds biggest names with his current team, one would expect the youngster to engineer a change in scenery.
Alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr at Real Madrid, Mbappe could be a part of one of football’s most devastating trios.
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.