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Certain Real Madrid players ‘making themselves known’ in Saudi Arabia ahead of summer transfer window

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The rise of football in the Middle East, more specifically Saudi Arabia, has seen some top names migrate from European football to clubs on the ascendancy in that region.

Arguably kickstarting this trend was, however, Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo. After a fallout with Manchester United, he joined Al Nassr on a contract until 2025.

Attracted by lucrative contracts and the growing prestige of the sport, the likes of Karim Benzema, Riyadh Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, and Ivan Rakitic are just some examples of elite players to have followed in Ronaldo’s footsteps.

Now, it appears there may be more former Real Madrid icons playing in Saudi Arabia next season, with certain players set to hit the exit door in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Making themselves known in Saudi Arabia

Indeed, as per MARCA, several Real Madrid players are ‘making themselves known’ in Saudi Arabia while awaiting a decision regarding their future from Real Madrid.

Nacho is among Real Madrid stars who might look for a move to Saudi in the coming summer (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Saleable assets and players whose contracts will be expiring soon would be the likely candidates to potentially join Saudi Arabia.

Several important players on the roster will be running out of a contract come the end of the campaign, including Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, and Toni Kroos.

As such, the aforementioned names’ situation will be observed with scrutiny as well as fringe players in the squad who may not be regulars in the starting XI.

Even so, it is not just Real Madrid players that face the possibility of going to Saudi Arabia. A number of European teams have visited Riyadh in recent weeks offering players.

Managers and officials from Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Betis, and other elite teams have visited the Saudi capital, and agencies that represent footballers have already made Riyadh a regular place of business as they look for players’ destinations.

As per the information, Saudi Arabia continues to have immense financial pull, despite a relatively tame winter transfer window.

In fact, the support of the government through investment funds and associated companies is still present and the Saudi League will once again be one of the major big hitters in the summer.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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