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PSG ready to offer captaincy to Mbappe to shield Real Madrid transfer – report

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Real Madrid may have an agreement in place with their transfer target Kylian Mbappe. However, Paris-Saint Germain are not making the Frenchman’s move to Santiago Bernabeu easy by any means.

The former Monaco star is in the final year of his contract in Paris. He will be a free agent in June and plans on moving to Spain without any transfer fee involved.

The French club understandably do not want to lose their star on a free transfer. In order to avoid such a situation, the club are pushing for renewal.

Mbappe’s entourage have rejected all the offers put forth by PSG to date including one with a €200 million signing bonus. Now, the Parisiens have come up with a new strategy.

According to reports from L’Equipe, the club management consider giving Mbappe the captain’s armband as a part of the negotiations. It will not only serve to show the player the value he adds to the team but also as an argument to reach an extension.

Earlier this week, French media asserted that Mbappe’s inner circle are trying to convince him to renew at PSG. It would be a massive blow to Real Madrid’s transfer plans if that were to happen.

Not only would they have to pay a substantial transfer fee to sign the French star, but also compromise on some of their other transfer targets.

Real Madrid is said to have offered a salary of €25 million per year to Mbappe, half of what his current club offer for his renewal. It remains to be seen if Los Blancos come up with a better proposal to seal the deal.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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