The world thought Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid was a deal done and dusted. The two parties were said to have a verbal agreement over a free transfer in June, with the salary of the player set at €25 million.
However, the last two weeks have seen the transfer head in retrograde direction. French media have begun insisting that the player is considering a renewal at PSG, while the Parisiens have gone as far as to offer him the captaincy to change his mind.
Mbappe broke his silence to Prime Video via Fabrizio Romano when asked if he has decided his next club. The Frenchman said,
“I haven’t made my choice on the future, everyone knows that. I’m thinking, there are NEW elements and a lot of parameters. If I had made my decision, I would’ve announced it.”
When asked if staying in PSG was a possibility, the young forward replied, “Yes, of course.”
This news comes as a big shock to Los Blancos‘ offices. If Mbapoe renews his contract with the Ligue 1 side, Real Madrid might have to pay over €200 million in transfer fees to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
While the club do have the resources to shell out the required amount, it will be a big blow for the other transfer plans. Moreover, it would mean that Ancelotti’s team would no longer be in the race for Erling Haaland.
A decision from the Frenchman’s side is expected in the coming months. It remains to be seen if Mbappe is willing to run down his contract to seal his dream move or risks losing it by signing an extension.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.