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Real Madrid will wait until late August to launch a bid for Kylian Mbappe – report



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PSG are under pressure of the highest order. They have one of football’s most valued players in their ranks but are on the verge of losing him on a free transfer.

The one party benefitting from the clash between Kylian Mbappe and the French outfit is Real Madrid. Los Blancos believe that the forward considers them his only destination, and are looking for manoeuvres to lower the transfer fee involved.

According to reports from L’Equipe, the Merengues could wait until the last week of August to make an official bid for Mbappe. This would force PSG to sell him at the lowest price possible, similar to the trick Real Madrid tried in 2021.

The Merengues’ top target is currently in the final year of his contract at Parc des Princes and hopes to leave the club on a free transfer next summer to join Real Madrid. The Ligue 1 champions, however, cannot afford to lose him without compensation and rule out that option.

PSG have begun using the names of clubs like Barcelona and opened negotiations with other interested parties hoping to push Real Madrid into negotiations. Indeed, they know that the player will not leave for any other club.

Real Madrid’s plan to defer negotiations to the last minute is thus a masterstroke. With the threat of losing Mbappe on a free transfer just around the corner at the time, it is more than likely that the French club will agree to settle for a lower transfer fee.

The operation to sign Mbappe was expected to cross €200 million in terms of fees and variables this summer, and Florentino Perez will look to bring that figure down to at least €150 million through various tactics. After all, the club’s financial stability cannot be risked for any player.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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