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Real Madrid line up summer move for Mbappe after he tells PSG he will not renew

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The Kylian Mbappe saga is well and truly back. Real Madrid’s desperate attempts to sign the French star have not borne fruition so far, but the situation this time around feels different.

Florentino Perez’s admiration of Mbappe is well known. In fact, the Real Madrid president was reported to be willing to even drop the team’s pursuit of Harry Kane earlier this month in anticipation of the World Cup winner’s arrival next summer.

According to a flurry of reports and rapid developments over the past 12 hours, there is an increasing chance that a move materialises this year itself.

Santi Aouna claims that Real Madrid plan to sign the phenom in the coming month and that Perez has been in direct conversation with the youngster for weeks now.

Mbappe conveyed his intention to leave the club on a free transfer next summer by means of a letter to the PSG hierarchy and has ruled out any chance of renewing his contract.

Fabrizio Romano provides a deeper insight into the situation in Paris. According to the ever-reliable Italian journalist, the relationship between PSG and Mbappe is very tense.

The Parisians are unhappy that the news first reached the media before being communicated to them and are also surprised over the timing of such news given that the player was in talks to renew his deal. They believe that they have been stabbed in the back by their star player and refuse to let him leave on a free transfer next summer.

The doors from Paris are thus open for sale this summer itself. PSG will sell Mbappe to the highest bidder this summer. The New York Times state that an offer of €185 million would tempt the French club, and Real Madrid are the favourites to snap up his signature.

Despite the rapid progress, the story is far from complete. Los Blancos face steep competition in the race for the youngster, with several Premier League clubs interested and willing to splash the cash. Liverpool, Manchester United, and Liverpool are some of the other top teams attentive to his situation.

All in all, the Mbappe transfer saga is back on the centre stage and Real Madrid will be hoping to be second-time lucky after missing out on his signing last summer.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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