Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s explosive press conference on Wednesday cleared any remaining doubts over Kylian Mbappe’s future. The Paris Saint-Germain president made it clear that the youngster would not leave the club on a free transfer, opening the doors to a departure this summer.
According to reports from Ramon Alvarez de Mon, there is newfound optimism in the Real Madrid offices over Mbappe’s signing. The club administration believe that they can get the deal done this summer and hope to incorporate the Frenchman at the earliest.
The past few days have been surprisingly eventful for Los Blancos, especially given that their transfer activity was said to be complete for the window.
Arda Guler is set to become the club’s fourth summer signing after Jude Bellingham, Fran Garcia, and Joselu. Kylian Mbappe’s arrival would be the cherry on the cake.
Florentino Perez expects the Parisiens to demand a transfer fee of €200 million for their star forward in the ongoing transfer window. Real Madrid are said to have the money ready and will not hesitate to pull the trigger once the green light arrives.
All that remains for the deal to go through is Mbappe’s approval. The Frenchman is not making matters easy for either party and demands to see out his deal and join on a free transfer next summer. After all, such a manoeuvre would see him garner PSG’s loyalty bonus and a signing-on bonus from Real Madrid.
In 34 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG last season, the 24-year-old scored 29 goals and provided five assists. Further, he averaged 1.6 key passes per game and created 17 big chances.
The men in white have remained invested in the youngster’s pursuit for several years now, even coming close to signing him last year. However, Mbappe renewed his deal with the French setup, and it is clear that he is now looking to move on.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.