Real Madrid continues to dream of dressing Kylian Mbappe in the Royal Whites’ jersey, as the Frenchman remains one of their top targets.
Having completely alienated the World Cup winner from their squad due to the player’s unwillingness to negotiate a deal beyond 2024, PSG are hellbent on fetching a fee for their star man before he inevitably leaves on a free transfer next year.
Optimism growing in the Spanish capital
Now, according to journalist Rodra at Real Madrid, there is optimism that they will finally land Mbappe this summer.
In light of recent news affirming the possibility of an agreement between PSG and Los Blancos, the likelihood that the two sides will find common ground before the transfer window closes is increasing.
Considering Mbappe has already refused offers from Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid are currently best placed to sign the 24-year-old.
While PSG set an immensely high price for Mbappe, with €300 million as the reported figure, it is expected that as the conclusion of the transfer window draws closer, PSG will eventually soften their stance.
From Real Madrid’s perspective, a €180 million bid is more than sufficient for a player who will be a free agent after this season.
Carlo Ancelotti is ‘crazy’ about the signing
As per the report, manager Carlo Ancelotti is one of the many figureheads in the Real Madrid hierarchy that is pushing for Mbappe’s arrival.
While Ancelotti tested out a two-man frontline with various permutations and combinations involving Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, and Joselu, plenty of chances went down the drain in the pre-season.
Mbappe’s predatory instincts in the final third are thus sought-after, as he will elevate Ancelotti’s dynamics in attack, especially with Karim Benzema no longer an option.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.