Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is an open secret at this point. In fact, it is quite surprising that the transfer has not gone through already given that Paris Saint-Germain are out of the UEFA Champions League.
The Frenchman is set to become a free agent in the summer, and can sign a pre-agreement with the team of his choice without any intervention from PSG. He has, however, hinted that staying with the French outfit is still an option.
In an interesting turn of events, PSG announced a new sponsorship today with lifestyle brand GOAT and did not include a certain Mbappe in the announcement illustration.
The photo that features GOAT on the sleeve of the PSG jersey includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe, and Achraf Hakimi standing in a queue against a blacked-out background.
As the face of the next generation in football, and a contendor to the ‘GOAT’ title, Mbappe is one of the most marketable players in the world right now.
Therefore, it would not be farfetched to suggest that this could be a hint about Mbappe’s decision, which is expected to be announced by the end of this season.
Madrid already have a proposal on the table for Mbappe and are ‘calm’ about his transfer. It is understood that they are confident about sealing the move despite interest from multiple clubs.
Barcelona, too, were briefly linked with a move for him, but those rumours saw the face of the bin soon enough after Joan Laporta dismissed any ‘financially risky’ transfer for the summer.
The World Cup winner has an incredible 20 goals and 14 assists in the league this season, and is leading the chart for both. He has also contributed in the form of six goals and four assists in the Champions League before eventually being knocked out by his dream club, Madrid.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.