Paris Saint-Germain’s recent exit from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich has once again sparked speculations over Kylian Mbappe’s future at the club, with many believing that the forward may push for an exit.
PSG have reportedly handed Mbappe an ultimatum to make a definitive decision on his future, especially amid interest from Real Madrid.
A report from Diario AS, as relayed by Goal, now states that Real Madrid are considering relaunching their attempts to sign Mbappe. The club are harbouring the dream of signing the player on a free transfer in 2024, when his current contract at PSG comes to an end.
Although the Spanish giants had a hard time getting hold of Mbappe last summer, as the forward rejected a move to Santiago Bernabeu at the last minute, the club have not lost sight of the Frenchman just yet.
Despite the marred relationship between Mbappe and Real Madrid fans, the club remain interested in attaining his services. In fact, the Frenchman is rated higher than Erling Haaland by the Real Madrid hierarchy, particularly due to his commercial appeal.
The Spanish champions are confident that Mbappe can help them recoup the investment through his commercial value and ability to attract top brands across the globe. It was a similar strategy that proved fruitful for both PSG and Manchester United when they signed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively.
Recent reports even suggest that Real Madrid would be open to sacrificing Vinicius Junior in order to sign Mbappe. This comes after reports that many players within the Real Madrid camp are annoyed by Vinicius’ on-field antics. Not to mention, the club have had a hard time reaching an agreement with the Brazilian international over a contract extension.
However, signing Mbappe on a free transfer could be tricky and PSG will try everything they can to prevent the Frenchman from seeing out his contract at Parc des Princes. One of the solutions could be his sale in the coming summer, with several other European giants also keen on his services.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.