Earlier today, we reported that Kylian Mbappe has decided to join Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain over the summer and for the move to transpire swiftly, he is said to be in constant contact with the team.
While no major details of this potential deal have been leaked so far, a report from Mundo Deportivo has affirmed that the reason why Mbappe chose to move from the French capital to Spain was because of the sporting success that Real Madrid guarantees.
Various sources say that the reason Mbappe has decided to move is strictly sporting. The player has grown tired of his time at PSG and wants to finally fulfil one of the dreams he has always had despite numerous previous failed attempts by Florentino Perez.
The 25-year-old believes that Real Madrid’s future project is much more likely to guarantee him the sporting success he so desires.
As far as this move is concerned, while it is going to be a free transfer, Real Madrid are expected to pay Mbappe a signing-on bonus of about €60 million.
Mbappe is giving up a lot
In order to move to Real Madrid, Mbappe would be forfeiting a considerable financial sum. The aforementioned outlet confirms that currently, he is earning over €72 million annually, inclusive of bonuses for various objectives at PSG.
Real Madrid, on their part, have explicitly conveyed that their offer would not come close to matching that amount.
Reports suggest that the initial proposal from Real Madrid would hover around €25 million per year, although there is speculation that this figure might escalate to €30 or even €35 million.
Notably, if the salary goes beyond Madrid’s threshold, this offer would not include transfer bonuses or other commissions.
The negotiation would extend to the distribution of image rights, with the player retaining a certain percentage, and the club, yet to be determined, taking the remainder.
PSG are slowly giving up
It is to be noted that despite PSG’s initial reluctance, they seem to acknowledge the possibility of losing their World Cup winner.
However, there is still hope that a turnaround could occur, especially since the next Olympics and the UEFA Euros are being hosted in Paris.
The dilemma occurs as Mbappe’s participation in the Olympic Games would require missing the start of the season, a sacrifice PSG might be willing to make, and it remains to be seen if Real Madrid would accept such a scenario as well.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.