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PSG set to open talks to sign 18-year-old Real Madrid target this week

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In what could be construed as a transfer blow for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain are set to open talks with Lille OSC this week for the signing of teenage defender Leny Yoro.

The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine breakthrough campaign in France and has managed to grab the attention of top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.

The Merengues are looking for a young centre-back for the summer who can grow into a mainstay in the future and have identified Yoro as a target after having scouted him thoroughly on a number of occasions.

PSG ready to open talks

However, according to Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, PSG are set to open talks with Lille this week to try and reach an agreement for Leny Yoro.

As was reported last week, the Parisian giants are eager to sign the teenage centre-back in the ongoing transfer window itself rather than waiting until the summer.

PSG sporting director Luis Campos is pushing hard for the deal and the idea is for them to meet with Lille this week to try and reach a common ground, as the latter are unwilling to let the youngster part ways this month.

PSG are eager to have Yoro as part of their squad this month and seem prepared to go the extra mile to get the deal done.

This development would come as a big blow for Real Madrid, who have been monitoring Yoro for a while now, but were planning to wait until the summer to launch a move.

If Yoro slips out of their grasp, the Merengues have other targets lined up like Goncalo Inacio and Antonio Silva.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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