Real Madrid will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup Final on 10th August. Los Blancos represent the Champions League as winners, while the German outfit beat the likes of Barcelona en route to their Europe League win.
Frankfurt were, in no way, shape or form the favourites to win Europe League heading into the competition. In fact, they were not even expected to make it past Real Betis, who they faced in the Round of 16.
As is turned out, they beat Barcelona, West Ham, and then Rangers in the finals as they lifted the trophy. This was largely because of their astute attacking system, pressing regime, and of course, none other than superstar Filip Kostic.
The Serbian scored three goals and assisted four, including one in the final, through the campaign. Unfortunately, he is a huge doubt for Frankfurt heading into the Super Cup final.
Fabrizio Romano has reported that Kostic is closing in on the move to Juventus. The 29-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Italian giants, and the negotiations with Frankfurt are in advanced stages.
With just one day to go before the game, there is a huge chance that Kostic could be unavailable for the final. And without the winger, Frankfurt’s attack will definitely be handicapped.
He is, by far and large, their best player. Real Madrid will be hoping that the move goes through before the big game, while the Bundesliga outfit will try to delay it for as long as possible.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.