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Real Madrid could sign former defender for €8m in the summer after he rejected €25m PL move in January

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Real Madrid have never been shy of letting players leave, be it superstars who have cemented legendary status at the Santiago Bernabeu like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, or Casemiro.

Or youngsters who are looking for more game-time, and believe they are not quite cut out for the first-team, like Miguel Gutiérrez.

The Spaniard, after trying to break through the Real Madrid senior team on a number of occasions, did not miss a beat before accepting Girona’s offer in the summer of 2022.

The Catalan outfit paid €4 million for his services, while los blancos cemented an €8 million buy-back clause in his contract, that would first come into play in the summer of 2024.

Gutierrez has done some tremendous work with Girona since then. This season, he has played 22 games, during which he scored one goal and given three assists. His performances also have Europe on watch.

As reported by MARCA, Gutierrez rejected a €25 million offer in the summer, presented by a top Premier League side.

This would have forced Real Madrid to shell out €12.5 million to gain back control of his rights, as per the contract. This gives Madrid enough time to internally debate whether they want to bring back the Spaniard for €8 million or splash upwards of €50 million on Alphonso Davies.

Gutierrez does have a release clause in his contract, too, worth €35 million, that will kick in not before this summer. It will likely attract a number of top teams, especially those in the Premier League looking for left-backs.

The report adds that the Girona defender has, in the past, also rejected Manchester United in favour of Real Madrid, when he was 15 years old.

The Red Devils offered him a better deal than what was on the table from Madrid, but the player did not want to leave the Spanish capital, with dreams of breaking into the first-team.

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Real Madrid midfielder on Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival: “He’s always welcome”

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Over the past few years, the story of Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid has dominated media outlets regularly. The 25-year-old has been at the club’s doorstep several times in the past, but the deal was never complicated.

There, is, however, something different about the rumours this time around. Mbappe has openly announced his departure from PSG not only to the administration but also to the dressing room, when his contract expires in the summer.

Furthermore, it has also been reported that Mbappe’s arrival has also been announced in the Real Madrid locker room.

Comment from a player

Despite rumours strongly doing the rounds, there has been a queer silence from the offices and dressing room of Real Madrid over Mbappe’s possible signing.

However, Los Blancos’ star midfielder Federico Valverde broke the ice over the World Cup winner’s arrival, saying,

“Kylian Mbappé is a great player, he’s always welcome,” he said via El Chiringuito.

As revealed recently, the Merengues have tabled a proposal involving wages between €19 million to €22 million per season, a Ballon d’Or clause of €15 million and a massive signing-on bonus for the player.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Frenchman’s entourage are satisfied with the offer.

Tactical manoeuvres

Mbappe’s arrival will bring another of world football’s elite names into the dressing room at Santiago Bernabeu.

With Vinicius Jr already firmly rooted in the left-wing position, however, Mbappe will not have his preferred position available at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti thus sees three possible tactical adjustments to fit Mbappe into his dynamics. Two of the aforementioned three ideas see a 4-4-2 adopted with Rodrygo being dropped, while a 4-3-3 would mean Real Madrid sacrifice a midfielder like Eduardo Camavinga.

Needless to say, the pressure will be on Ancelotti to find a role for the Frenchman superstar without affecting the team’s current dynamics or balance.

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