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Real Madrid, Barcelona rivalled by Premier League club in pursuit of Spanish prodigy

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Alberto Moleiro
Photo Courtesy: Las Palmas official website

Alberto Moleiro has emerged as a talked-about figure in Spanish football recently, following his rapid breakthrough at Las Palmas.

An attacking midfielder by trade, the 19-year-old has racked up 65 competitive appearances for Las Palmas since making his breakthrough last season. His five assists this season has been critical in helping his team remain on top of La Liga Smartbank table so far.

Moleiro’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services. Barcelona, too, have been linked with a move for the young playmaker, whose current deal at Las Palmas expires in 2026.

But according to AS, the Spanish giants are set to face stiff competition in the race to sign Moleiro, as Aston Villa, too, are considering a move for the Spaniard.

The club’s new coach Unai Emery is well aware of the 19-year-old’s rapid growth in Spain and wants to incorporate him as part of his team in the current January transfer window. Aston Villa’s interest in Moleiro comes amid rumours swirling around Philippe Coutinho’s future.

Reports suggest Aston Villa are considering selling the Brazilian, who joined from Barcelona on a permanent deal last summer. Coutinho’s exit from Aston Villa could pave the way for the club to sign Alberto Moleiro, who primarily likes to feature in the number ten position.

Luring the teenage prospect away from Villa Park could be a costly affair, though, with the player having a release clause worth €30 million. The figure could rise up to €60 million if Las Palmas get promoted to La Liga by the end of the season.

Therefore, interested parties such as Aston Villa and even Real Madrid might look to snap up Moleiro in the ongoing January window rather than paying the extra fortune in the summer.

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Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report

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According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.

It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.

Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.

At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after

Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights

As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.

How can Real Madrid pull this off?

Kylian Mbappe is close to joining Real Madrid. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.

At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.

Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.

Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.

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