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Real Madrid have ‘no intention’ to sign Mbappe, will spend money on other targets

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Following his exploits at the FIFA World Cup 2022, where he finished as the Golden Boot winner, Kylian Mbappe is once again being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old superstar had come very close to joining the Merengues last summer on a Bosman deal only to perform a last-minute swerve and sign a new, bumper contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

However, since before the World Cup, there has been a lot of chatter about the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner feeling let down by PSG and wanting to leave in the summer to join Real Madrid.

Those speculations have picked up further after his brilliant run at the World Cup in Qatar. But according to MARCA journalist Jose Felix Diaz, Real Madrid have absolutely no intentions to rekindle their interest in Mbappe.

Appearing on the Twitch stream of Jota Real Madrid, the journalist claimed that Real Madrid do not intend to ‘start the wheel again’ with the French superstar as they felt that things had gone too far last summer.

Instead, Los Blancos wish to use the money that they would have spent on Mbappe to sign someone else. At this point, a new midfielder is seen as a top priority at the Santiago Bernabeu, with two options being pursued with eagerness.

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund is Real Madrid’s top target while the Merengues are also looking at SL Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, who was named the Best Young Player at the World Cup following his performances for Argentina.

Neither is expected to come cheap, with Fernandez having a massive release clause of €120 million, while Bellingham’s valuation is said to be around the same figure as well.

And Real Madrid plan to spend heavily on one of those two midfielders next summer and, at this point, are not considering a move for Mbappe.

The 24-year-old will again enter the final year of his contract with PSG in the summer of 2023, which will only lead to speculations over his future intensifying by the day. But, at the moment, it does not seem like he is being considered by Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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