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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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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar



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Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.

During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.

Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker

Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.

In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.

“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.

Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”

The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.

Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

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