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Real Madrid monitoring three young central defenders for the summer transfer window – reports

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The central defence is an area that has been put to gruelling tests at Real Madrid this season. What began with an ACL injury to Eder Militao has only been aggravated in recent weeks after David Alaba suffered the same fate.

Carlo Ancelotti now has just two viable defensive options to play in the central position. Moreover, the number and calibre of reinforcements available in the winter transfer window does not live up to the high levels the Merengues require.

The plan for June

In view of the acute shortage of quality options midway through the season, Los Blancos were said to have prioritised the signing of a player on loan in January. Now, however, that does not appear to be the case.

According to the latest report from MARCA, Real Madrid are eyeing three players for the summer – António Silva of SL Benfica, Gonçalo Inácio of Sporting CP and Lille’s Leny Yoro.

All three players and young, dynamic and seen as ones with a high ceiling.

Goncalo Inacio is a target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

For the time being, Real Madrid maintain faith in Antonio Rudiger, Nacho Fernandez and Aurelien Tchouameni to cover in central defence. After all, Militao should return to action by April.

A question of finances

Real Madrid maintain the three aforementioned names as their top targets for June, especially considering that three of their primary defensive options are on the wrong side of 30.

However, it is well known that none of the highly-valued player will come for a bargain fee. A decision, thus, will depend not only on the team’s transfer plans but also in-house solutions.

Rafa Marin, who returns to Madrid after the season, is a solid option to serve as the fourth-choice centre-back next season.

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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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