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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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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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