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Real Madrid hope to announce Mbappe’s signing by the second week of August – report

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Rodrigo Faez of ESPN reports that Real Madrid want to get a deal done with PSG for Kylian Mbappe this week. If everything goes to plan, they hope to announce his arrival by the second week of August and have him in time for La Liga.

For a while, it was believed that Los Blancos were not going to sign the French phenom this summer. With Mbappe unwilling to compromise on the bonuses owed to him by PSG, a move was only seen as possible in 2024.

Moreover, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile on the front of Mbappe’s transfer in recent weeks. However, things appear to be picking up pace in the background, with the latest report suggesting a transfer may very well be close..

PSG are preparing without Mbappe

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi did not hesitate to omit the winger’s name from PSG’s pre-season squad travelling to Asia earlier this month and it is clear that the French side are preparing for life without him.

The Parisian giants are now close to signing Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele and likely see him as a replacement for Mbappe.

With the doors back into Luis Enrique’s side looking shut, an immediate move to the Santiago Bernabeu would appear to be Mbappe’s only option.

On his way to Madrid? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

A strong position

Real Madrid find themselves to be in a position of strength, for it is PSG who are under pressure to sell the star.

Their potential return from his sale continues to fall with every passing day, and Real Madrid could thus end up getting their target for a budget deal.

Mbappe will entertain no name other than Real Madrid, and the Parisiens will likely be left to choose between losing him on a free transfer next summer or a budget fee this time around.

In either case, Los Blancos stand to benefit massively and the hope is that the deal could be concluded by the second week of August, ideally before the La Liga campaign kicks off.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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