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Exclusive – Real Madrid is very confident of getting a deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé on the line next summer.
Los Blancos have had their eyes fixed on Mbappé for the past two years, biding their time and waiting until the 22-year-old enters the final year of his contract next summer, as that would be the only time PSG I would be prepared to sell. .
When Real set their sights on a big signing, they tend not to fall short, with similar chases from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard ending in success, and sources have confirmed 90min that the president of Real, Florentino Pérez, has the same confidence in bringing Mbappé in 2021.
The search depends on the Mbappé contract. Despite recent claims by PSG director Leonardo that Mbappé wants to stay in Paris, 90min He understands that the Frenchman has long made clear that he hopes to leave the club in 2021, expressing his decision earlier this year to give PSG the opportunity to sell him for a suitable price, probably in excess of £ 200 million.
Pérez has been saving money on a ‘Mbappé war chest’ for more than two years, and one of the reasons for their lack of spending last summer is that Real Madrid didn’t want to sign second-choice players when they knew they wanted to. to Mbappé in 2021.
That kitty does not contain the entire £ 200 million, as Real will fund the transfer in installments, in a deal that will appease both clubs.
Because of that approach to the deal, Real are hoping to have some freedom to pursue other goals, with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga high on coach Zinedine Zidane’s wish list.
Zidane is known to be a big fan of Pogba, who has rarely shied away from flirting with the Spanish team, and has urged Pérez to set aside some money to sign him, but there is an awareness that both PSG and Juventus will offer it. fierce competition for Pogba’s signature.
If Los Blancos find themselves in need of extra money, they will resort to leaving players. Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Isco and even Eden Hazard face an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabéu, and a handful of starts would clear a significant amount of space in the salary budget.
Zidane and Pérez have been working closely to finalize Real Madrid’s transfer strategy for next summer, and both men know it could end up being the biggest transfer spree in history.
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