According to a report from AS, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been offered a lucrative two-year contract worth €50 million net salary by a club in Saudi Arabia ahead of the summer transfer window.
Modric is in the final few months of his contract at Real Madrid, which has sparked some uncertainty over his future. The veteran superstar has repeatedly stated that he desires to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond this season.
But that has not stopped suitors from testing the waters with lucrative contract offers. Clubs from Saudi Arabia have been targeting iconic players from Europe to boost the country’s sporting profile ahead of a potential World Cup bid for 2030.
Having signed Cristiano Ronaldo in January, Modric has been high on the agenda in the Middle Eastern nation.
To that end, it has now emerged that Modric has been offered a bumper two-year deal which would see him pocket a handsome salary of €50 million tax-free.
Despite the proposal, though, Modric remains firm on his desire to continue at Real Madrid. And recent reports suggest that the club too are keen on holding onto the 37-year-old legend, with a one-year renewal offer set to be tabled imminently.
Los Blancos will be unable to match the salary that Modric has received from Saudi Arabia, but it has been reported that money has never been an issue between the two parties.
Another topic of concern within the Real Madrid camp is Modric’s desire to continue playing international football.
The midfielder, who will turn 38 later this year, will be participating in the UEFA Nations League finals this summer and wants to play in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers as well, leading up to the big event next year.
Real Madrid are not entirely pleased with it as they believe the added workload could take a toll on Modric’s form and fitness.
But, either way, with both parties understood to be keen on continuing the partnership, negotiations are likely to begin soon to finalise a renewal, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.