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Real Madrid urged to sign Kylian Mbappe by Tennis legend Rafael Nadal

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Kylian Mbappe raised many eyebrows with his performance against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final. The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored a brilliant hat-trick and played a key role in helping France fight through till the end.

Although Les Bleus were unable to defend the World Cup title, Mbappe’s performance catapulted him into becoming the most talked-about figure in world football right now.

Naturally, the performance has also led to the revival of speculations linking him to a move to Real Madrid. The attacker, after all, was close to a move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, but it did not materialise, with Mbappe ending up signing a contract extension at PSG.

Reacting to the entire transfer saga, Rafael Nadal has recently come out in favour of Mbappe. The tennis legend, who is an avid Real Madrid supporter, has backed the Frenchman and urged Los Blancos to sign him ‘tomorrow’.

Nadal also stated that he has no resentment towards Mbappe for rejecting a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

“I don’t have to forgive Mbappé for anything, in sports these things happen. He wanted to come to Real Madrid but he was under a lot of pressure and everything was complicated for him. I hope to see him at Madrid in the future,” he told AS.

Real Madrid were widely regarded as favourites to sign Mbappe, who was expected to depart PSG on a free transfer in the summer. But instead of joining Los Blancos, the forward chose to accept the lucrative terms offered by PSG.

Nadal, though, states that he would sign the Frenchman ‘tomorrow’ if he was in charge of Real Madrid. “As a Real Madrid fan, I will sign Mbappé tomorrow,” he said.

Although the Whites were unable to sign Mbappe in the summer, recent speculations suggest the Frenchman is unhappy with the PSG board and might want to seek an exit from Parc des Princes in 2023, potentially paving the way for Real Madrid to make a move.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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