The best players in the world aspire to play for one of Barcelona or Real Madrid during their careers. Needless to say, the two Spanish giants are almost always involved in a tussle when a superstar is looking for a move away.
Taking that into consideration, Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid seemed extremely straightforward. The Frenchman had his heart set on the Bernabeu and the two parties even have a verbal agreement in place.
However, the inevitable has happened. According to reports from L’Equipe, Barcelona have now entered the race for Mbappe and pose a new threat to Los Blancos’ plans. The 23-year-old is still far from agreeing anything with the Blaugranes but has not closed the door over a possible move.
Barcelona are looking to rebuild their squad in the summer and were initially linked with Erling Haaland. After falling out of the race for the Norwegian, they have turned to alternative options like Mbappe and Mohammed Salah.
Moreover, the Catalan administration believe that a move for Mbappe would be a better deal both economically and from a sporting view.
While the Norwegian’s transfer requires a €70 million fee, multiple commissions, and signing bonus; Mbappe would, at least, arrive on a free transfer.
It is difficult to imagine the Frenchman making a move to Camp Nou after being so straightforward about his desire to wear the white of Madrid.
It remains to be seen if Barcelona offer an superior economic proposal to the PSG star. As it stands, the chance of a last minute swoop are slim for the Catalans.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.