We are just days away from this year’s third El Clasico as Real Madrid lock horns with Barcelona once again – this time in La Liga.
Having fallen to a defeat over the past two occasions, Real Madrid will be seeking retribution and securing three points this Sunday.
However, heading into this game, Real Madrid have been dealt with a major blow, as David Alaba is unlikely to return to full fitness and feature against Barcelona.
This has been reported by Melchor Ruiz of COPE, who suggests that the former Bayern Munich star is recovering well from his injury. But he is not yet fully fit to return to action and may need at least another week.
The idea is to provide Alaba with additional time to recover before the defender eventually makes his return to the pitch during the international break with Austria.
This has indeed been a frustrating season for Alaba, who has had to endure two bouts of injury. He has had to spend time on the sidelines for about two months and has missed 13 competitive matches.
Alaba’s troubles with injuries have even forced Carlo Ancelotti to deploy Eduardo Camavinga in the left-back position, although the young Frenchman is now making a case to become a reliable option in the number six position.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid will be hoping that Alaba does not aggravate his injury during the international break, when Austria take on the likes of Azerbaijan and Estonia in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
An extended spell on the sidelines for Alaba could be catastrophic for Real Madrid, especially as the Spanish giants look to retain their Champions League title while making up lost ground in the domestic competitions.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
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?
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.