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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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Harry Kane’s signing could complicate Real Madrid’s plan to sign Erling Haaland in 2024



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Those sitting in the Real Madrid offices are aware that the team needs an emergency number 9. In this context, manager Carlo Ancelotti has already affirmed that they are working on some targets, although he decided not to reveal any names.

Now, what makes this operation trickier is that Madrid already have Erling Haaland on their agenda. The Manchester City forward is billed for the summer of 2024, meaning that any signing Madrid make this year will be extremely short-term.

A couple of days back, we reported that Ancelotti has made the signing of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane his priority. The manager is of the idea that the England international will be the ideal candidate to provide competition to Benzema, whose physical fitness is now deteriorating.

As far as Kane is concerned, the Tottenham forward is rightly expected to leave and fellow Premier League side Manchester United happen to be interested in his acquisition as well.

It is not really difficult for Madrid to sign Kane, but the fact that Madrid already have Haaland in their plans is a problem, reports AS. At 29 years of age, Kane is not someone who would step down from his starting role when Haaland arrives. 

Add to it the continuity of Benzema is yet another issue. All this means there is a high possibility that if Kane arrives, the team will overbook the number 9 position.

At the moment, there is a parade of names that Madrid are following, namely, Goncalo Ramos, Dusan Vlahovic and even Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but nothing is certain at the moment.

What Madrid need is a short-term option, someone who is either willing to settle for a secondary role, even when Benzema leave/retires or is ready to come on a season-long loan to cover the position until Madrid sign Haaland in 2024. Either way, Harry Kane does not fit the bill.

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