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Report: Real Madrid have discarded the signing of €120 million Bundesliga forward

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Kylian Mbappe’s decision to snub Real Madrid did not go down well with the club’s administration. The instant reaction from Los Blancos was to look for an immediate replacement as the marquee signing.

According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid were interested in signing Christopher Nkunku in the summer.

The Bundesliga side are said to have demanded a fee of €120 million for their French star. The 24-year-old forward had a spectacular season in 2021-22, which has got several sides interested in his services.

However, the operation was aborted because of the high asking price of RB Leipzig.

Last season, Nkunku made 31 league starts in Germany, scoring 20 goals and providing 13 assists. More recently, he has also provided two assists in four games for the French international team in the Nations League.

Recently, RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff spoke about the forward’s future and insisted that the club did not contemplate selling him.

“I have said it before, and I will say it again here: Nkunku will be our player again next season. Our goal is to keep the team together for next season.”

With the asking price set so high, it remains to be seen if any club pursues his signature in the current transfer window. As for Real Madrid, the club will not look to splash money on any player after shelling out in excess of €100 million for Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman is expected to sign a contract extension with RB Leipzig in the coming days. His new contract is reported to include a €60 million release clause, putting interested clubs like PSG, Liverpool and Manchester United on high alert.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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