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Real Madrid ‘like’ in-form Serie A winger, following him closely – report

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Real Madrid are very clear about their plan to sign Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund starlet is the plan A, B and C in their bid to reinforce their ranks in the midfield department ahead of next season.

However, should the Spanish giants fail in their effort to sign Bellingham, they have an alternative plan in mind, which is to sign a new attacker. This is because coach Carlo Ancelotti has stressed the importance of a new forward.

According to Cadena SER, Real Madrid have already identified an option in the form of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The club are keeping close tabs on the Napoli starlet and are expected to pounce if the Bellingham deal goes south.

With 11 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season, Kvaratskhelia has been one of the top performers in Europe. His blazing performances in Serie A have helped Napoli lead the title race by quite some margin, with the Partenopei currently holding a sizable 15-point lead over second-placed Inter Milan.

Karim Benzema has done extremely well in recent seasons, even winning the Ballon d’Or. He will be handed a renewal as well, but amid growing concerns over his fitness, Real Madrid have stepped up their quest to sign a forward.

That is where Kvaratskhelia comes into the fray. The young Georgian international is equipped with the qualities to flourish in the Real Madrid frontline and make it more potent, especially with question marks lingering over the futures of Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio.

Not to mention, Kvaratskhelia is considered a huge Real Madrid fan, which should only help the club’s pursuit. However, it must be noted that Napoli are not willing to give up on their prized attacker that easily, with reports suggesting a figure of around €100 million.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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