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Real Madrid seriously considering Man City goal machine as doubts grow over Mbappe move

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Real Madrid are beginning to seriously consider the Erling Haaland option mostly because they are not clear what Kylian Mbappe’s intentions are.

The French World Cup winner has already ditched them once in the past, and the team from the Spanish capital is not ready to take the bait once again.

In the past few years, Real Madrid have focused on signing a star player for the attack, and their top choice has consistently been Mbappe. This is evident in their recent actions, such as making a €200 million offer for him in the past.

Additionally, they were anticipating signing him for free when his contract with PSG ended in the summer of 2022, but the forward decided to stay put.

Mbappe’s silence is Erling Haaland’s gain

Mbappe is aware of what Real Madrid expect if he decides to join them. The conditions they’re offering are not as good as what he has at PSG and the deal includes less money. Above all, Real Madrid want him to give a decision by January 15.

Real Madrid want Kylian Mbappe to respond by January 15. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Mbappe isn’t stressed about Madrid’s deadline. He’s thinking about different choices for his future, with a focus on Liverpool also said to be on cards. 

His quiet approach right now might not be helping his chances with Madrid and if he really wants to play for Madrid, he needs to act soon. However, this delay is benefiting Haaland’s chances, according to AS

Indeed, with Mbappe maintaining a silence, there are doubts growing over the move and as such, the Merengues are now seriously considering the Manchester City goalscorer as an option.

It is to be noted that Real Madrid have always preferred Mbappe in terms of sporting project, but if he keeps hesitating like he did in 2022, the club is already making a backup plan. 

Furthermore, Real Madrid are now also aware of the price of Haaland’s transfer. As reported before, it is not as high as initially thought, likely closer to €100 million than €200 million. So if everything aligns well, Madrid might as well move to Haaland instead of Mbappe.

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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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