As the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga drags on, there appears to be a new development in the story if an update from Ramon Alvarez is to be believed.
Mbappe has made it clear that he will not renew his contract with PSG beyond 2024 and the club are firm that they will not let him leave for free next year.
As such, Les Parisiens wish to offload the 24-year-old right away, but the player is unwilling to do so as he could miss out on €150 million in salary and loyalty bonus payments.
There have been suggestions that Mbappe could agree to depart if PSG paid him part of the loyalty bonus that he would receive next year. And now, as per the update from Ramon Alvarez, PSG are willing to agree to that condition so that they can part ways with him.
As such, an agreement between the forward and the French champions over a departure seems to be close, which will come as a huge boost for Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have been hot on Mbappe’s trails for a long time now and have come close to signing him in each of the last two transfer windows without actually succeeding.
But, with things moving in the right direction now, there is a good chance that the Spanish capital giants could be in a great position to secure the 24-year-old’s signing.
It is expected that Mbappe could cost around €200 million in transfer fees, but the total worth of the operation could rise to a much higher figure once wages, commissions and bonus payments are included.
Either way, the progress in discussions between Mbappe and PSG is a good sign for Real Madrid and their chances of signing Mbappe.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”