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Real Madrid prefer to sign Kylian Mbappe for free in 2024 – report

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According to journalist Ben Jacobs (via Caught Offside), Real Madrid would prefer to sign Kylian Mbappe for free in the summer of 2024. But they would not rule out a move this year only if the price is right.

The 24-year-old superstar has made it abundantly clear that he does not intend to renew his contract at PSG, with the current one expiring in 2024. At the same time, he does not want to leave this summer either and wants to depart as a free agent twelve months later.

But, Les Parisiens have no desire to entertain that and wish to either sell him right away or see him extend his contract. By no means the Ligue 1 champions are willing to accept Mbappe leaving as a free agent.

With the two parties in a standoff, Real Madrid have been quietly following the situation. It is well-established that Florentino Perez sees the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner as a top target and wants him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the Merengues would still prefer to sign the 24-year-old for free next year rather than paying around €200 million in transfer fees for acquiring his services.

“PSG are adamant Mbappe won’t leave on a free next summer, but the player himself continues to indicate he wants to stay at PSG this season. It’s a bit of a power struggle, with a lot of games, and it’s all playing out in public,” Ben Jacobs writes.

“Right now PSG are just waiting on Mbappe. But if there is no breakthrough they will actively put him on the market. Real Madrid would still prefer to wait until next summer and sign Mbappe on a free, but would consider moving now if the price is right.

For Real Madrid to make a move, PSG and Mbappe must reach common ground. If there is no green light from them, Los Blancos would be happy to wait until next year and sign him up for free.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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