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Real Madrid ‘favourites’ to sign Mbappe, but PSG will demand €300-350m for superstar



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Kylian Mbappe has once again become the hot topic at Real Madrid, following recent speculations of his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming January transfer window.

Those rumours have now been backed by The Telegraph, who have offered more details about Mbappe’s current situation at PSG. It also claims that Real Madrid are undisputedly in pole position to sign the forward, should PSG allow him to leave.

Mbappe’s desire to leave the club comes in the midst of growing tension between the management and the player. The player’s side argues that promises made by PSG in the summer were not kept by the club, including the signing of a number nine.

The French club did not make any attempt to sign a centre-forward, which has irked the Frenchman, who has many other reasons to leave Parc des Princes, including his deteriorating relationship with Brazilian superstar Neymar.

Mbappe has not had the best of relationships with new coach Christophe Galtier as well while there are talks of sporting director Luis Campos quitting early, despite joining the club in the summer.

All of this has led the attacker to consider leaving PSG in the January transfer window, with Real Madrid in the front row.

The report further adds that the French superstar regrets signing the new contract with PSG, when he had the option of signing for Real Madrid in the summer.

It is further claimed that the 23-year-old prefers a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu and despite what is being said in some sections of the media, Los Blancos are the favourites to sign Mbappe if PSG are willing to let him leave.

Some sources indicated that it might be a pressure tactic from Mbappe to force PSG’s hand. However, Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato (h/t Madrid Xtra) is stating that it is no tactic and the Frenchman is certainly keen on leaving the club at the earliest possible.

He also mentions that Real Madrid are very much keen on signing Mbappe and will make an attempt for him when possible.

However, luring Mbappe away from Parc des Princes will not be so easy. Thanks to the new deal signed in the summer, it would take Real Madrid significantly more than the world-record fee of €222 million PSG paid for Neymar, to sign Mbappe.

The PSG camp value the Frenchman in the range of around €300-350 million, which may effectively leave Los Blancos out of the chase, at least for the upcoming January transfer window.

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Real Madrid trio in danger of missing Villarreal game due to suspension



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As Real Madrid look to restart the campaign following the end of the international break, all focus will be on the upcoming El Clasico in Copa del Rey on April 5.

However, before they take on their arch-rivals for a fourth time this year, Real Madrid must see off the challenge from Real Valladolid in La Liga on Sunday.

Given Barcelona’s 12-point advantage at the top of the table, La Liga appears to be a lost cause for Real Madrid right now. But that is no excuse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to appear complacent, as they look to push for a late title charge.

However, heading into this contest, three Real Madrid players proceed with caution as they are running the risk of missing out on the next league game against Villarreal due to yellow cards.

The three players in question are Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Carvajal, and Dani Ceballos. All three of these players have picked up four yellow cards in La Liga this term. Therefore, picking up another booking against Valladolid will rule them out in the next game.

Camavinga, in particular, has been a vital part of the Real Madrid squad since the turn of the year, impressing onlookers with his performances and versatility.

Carvajal, too, is a critical option at right-back and his experience could go a long way in helping Real Madrid end the league campaign on a positive note. Not to mention, the club lack the services of a reliable alternative, which has led to links with Reece James this coming summer.

Ceballos, on the other hand, has been one of the emerging stars this year. The midfielder’s performances have been excellent lately, and he would not want to lose any momentum by picking up a suspension ahead of the important Villarreal game next week.

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