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Real Madrid looking to sign Kylian Mbappe for free in 2024
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.
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Real Madrid set to go into 2023/24 season with any major reinforcements – report
It has not been a great start to the year for Real Madrid. Barring a win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish giants have been humiliated by their arch-rivals Barcelona three times while dropping points carelessly in La Liga.
With 12 points dividing the two teams at the top of the table, there is not much hope for Real Madrid, in their bid to retain the title.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to immense pressure on Carlo Ancelotti, who is facing a fightback against those who want him gone at the end of the season.
In the midst of this chaos, a recent report from MARCA states that Real Madrid may once again endure a relatively calm transfer market in the coming summer.
It appears the club have no desire to make too many signings in the summer and are set to go into the 2023/24 campaign without any major reinforcements.
It is no doubt that Real Madrid’s poor performances have highlighted the team’s lack of depth and the need for reinforcements. Especially in the attacking and the defensive department, the club clearly need more depth as they often rely on their existing stars.
But it appears Real Madrid are calm about the issue and do not want to take any risks in the coming summer. Even before the start of the 2022/23 season, Aurelien Tchouameni was the club’s only notable signing, much to the disappointment of Ancelotti.
Recent reports have hinted that Real Madrid’s transfer activity would rely on who becomes the coach in the summer. But the club’s static approach to the market in 2023 could make sense, given the club that the Spanish giants are targeting star players such as Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
All of the three aforementioned stars are either available or would be available on a cut-price deal in 2024. Erling Haaland, for one, has a special release clause in his contract that can be activated in 2024, even though Manchester City are actively looking to remove it.
Mbappe, too, has his contract at PSG expiring at the end of the 2023/24 season, so it will be interesting to see how Real Madrid go about their business in the coming summer.