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Real Madrid ‘cautious’ and ‘hopeful’ in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe this summer



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A recent report from ESPN has confirmed that while Real Madrid are extremely cautious about Kylian Mbappe, there is a growing sense of belief that they might acquire the Paris Saint-Germain forward this summer.

Los Blancos are hopeful to find a solution especially after it emerged that the Frenchman’s relationship with the PSG board has deteriorated. 

Now, for Mbappe’s arrival, Real Madrid are willing to let go of the ghosts of the past as it must be remembered that the player made an abrupt U-turn last summer after coming close to signing for Madrid. The forward went on to sign a new contract with PSG instead.

The team from the Spanish capital city has been quite active in the transfer market already. Now that the likes of Jude Bellingham, Joselu, Fran Garcia, and Brahim Diaz have arrived, they have claimed their transfer business is done. However, many expect them to find a capable replacement for Karim Benzema.

Mbappe’s stance on the entire saga has been very clear. The player continues to deny that he wants to leave PSG this summer.

“LIES…At the same time, the bigger it is, the more it passes. I’ve already said that I’m going to continue next season at PSG where I am very happy,” he posted on social media soon after reports of a summer exit started doing the rounds.

Real Madrid, however, have continued to keep tabs on the situation, but despite some reports indicating otherwise, there has been no significant progress in the story.

Many believe that although the player wishes to sign for Real Madrid this summer, the Merengues are approaching the story very cautiously.

For the moment, they are willing to make a significant effort to see the 2018 World Cup winner lining up alongside the likes of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo but it is still a distant dream. If not this summer, Los Blancos can always rope him in next year for free – a scenario PSG wish to avoid.

As far as the fee is concerned, reports suggest that PSG would want a world-record sum of €250 million plus €50 million in add-ons for their superstar. Real Madrid, though, would be willing to go up to €200 million plus €20 million.

As iterated earlier, the Merengues, despite their strong interest, continue to approach the situation with great caution, but are hopeful that Mbappe does end up arriving this summer.

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Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas



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There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.

Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.

Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.

And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.

Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.

Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.

Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.

The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.

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