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Real Madrid still intend to close Mbappe’s signing before the season starts – report

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Journalist Rodrigo Faez has reported that Real Madrid are still hoping to sign Kylian Mbappe this month. In fact, the team from the capital city want to close the operation before the start of the new season.

The reporter adds that everyone at Real Madrid are extremely attentive to PSG’s transfer movements.

They have kept a keen eye on their summer business by noting how quick they were in acquiring the likes of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona and Goncalo Ramos from Benfica.

What is happening with Mbappe and Madrid?

A lot has been said about the French forward’s potential move to Real Madrid. The World Cup winner’s current contract with PSG ends in 2024 and since he does not wish to extend it further, the Ligue 1 champions are pushing him towards an exit.

The player, however, has made it absolutely clear that he wants to see out his contract, meaning that he wants to leave PSG for free in the summer of 2024. 

Now, this is where the tension first surfaced. PSG do not want to bear a loss next year, hence they sent the forward a clear ultimatum that either sign a contract or leave this summer.

As for Real Madrid, they are willing to be mere spectators of this entire charade. Those sitting in PSG offices are of the idea that their star man has already arranged a free transfer to Madrid in 2024.

What will Real Madrid do?

Still no movement. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

A few days ago, we reported that Madrid are hoping to resolve the issue as soon as possible and if everything goes to plan, Mbappe will be a new Real Madrid player by the second week of August.

Judging by the complication of the matter, it is expected that the deal could go down the wire. It is no surprise that Madrid want Mbappe and even the player wants to move to the capital city, but everything depends on the agreement.

As of today, Madrid have not made any advancements nor are they willing to pursue the Frenchman as they did back in 2021.

It has been suggested that they want to test PSG’s resilience – the first move must come from either the Parisians or the player himself.

But if Real Madrid do wish to close his signing before the start of the season, that strategy might not work.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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