Real Madrid have historically seldom faced humiliation. They may not have always won the competitions they participate in, but every exit has usually come with some grace or solace.
Manchester City’s 4-0 destruction of Carlo Ancelotti’s men is thus a big deal. Los Blancos found themselves at the wrong end of a masterclass display and were not just outplayed but embarrassed.
Florentino Perez is understandably fuming at the situation and reportedly did not even talk to any of the players after the match. All signs point to a long-drawn summer transfer window.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Carlo Ancelotti’s job is safe but the administration are looking towards changes in June. The objective is to build a strong enough squad to ensure that such a result does not repeat.
Jude Bellingham is close to becoming the club’s first signing ahead of the new campaign. While the English midfielder will go a long way in undoing Real Madrid’s midfield woes that were evident last night, his signing will not be all.
Los Blancos fell short in every part of the field last night, but it is likely that the club will prioritise the signings of a striker and a full-back as their first priority.
Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe are two superstars who have been linked with moves to the club on that front. While their transfers in June looked unlikely so far, there now appears to be a bigger chance.
For his part, Ancelotti is set to stay put at Real Madrid next season and the board do not see the result last night as his failure. In fact, he even addressed the topic of his future in the post-match press conference saying,
“The club president was quite clear 15 days ago. So nobody has any doubt. What the president tells me privately I’m not going to say here.”
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.