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Real Madrid remains calm: Kylian Mbappe will become their player
After months of reports stating the Frenchman’s desire to move to the Bernabeu, Los Blancos’ faithful were made to believe that the deal was virtually closed.
The feeling was so strong that the whole stadium chanted the World Cup winner’s name when he came to play against Real Madrid in the Champions League last month.
When French media outlets suggested a possible renewal for Kylian Mbappe at Paris-Saint Germain last week, hell broke loose in the city of Madrid.
According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz, however, the Madrid-based club remain calm with respect to Mbappe’s situation. They feel there is no turning back when it comes to the Frenchman. There is confidence in the club offices that he will be a Real Madrid player next season.
Yet, it remains to be seen if the player is still satisfied with the offer on the table from Spain. After witnessing the desperation on PSG’s side to seal his renewal, Mbappe’s entourage could look to capitalise on the situation and command a larger salary.
PSG have upgraded their signing bonus to a whopping €150 million and propose to make him the captain if a renewal is agreed. Now, all eyes are on Florentino Perez to see if he improves his offer.
Earlier this week, Mbappe was asked about the prospect of continuing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr next season.
“I’ve already answered. Messi and Neymar have been here since July. I’ve had time, I’ve seen them many times (laughs),” said the world-cup winner.
The statement is a clear message to the Real Madrid administration that the player has not had a change of heart. The ball is now in Los Blancos’ court.
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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.