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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City on alert after PSG’s Kylian Mbappe drops huge hint about his future

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Paris St-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has hinted that he could be prepared to leave the club – putting clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City on alert.

Mbappe was collecting his Ligue Un Player of the Year award at the UNFP Awards in Paris, and in his acceptance speech he hinted that his future could lie award from the Parc de Princes.

“I am arriving at the second turning point of my career,” he said. “I have discovered an enormous amount of things here. It may be the moment to have more responsibilities, maybe at PSG, with pleasure, or elsewhere for a new project.”

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel appeared surprised by his striker’s comments when the cameras pointed at him.

The French World Cup winner has been a star all season for PSG, who romped to another Ligue Un title, scoring 32 goals in just 28 league appearances.

If he were available, he would likely command a world-record transfer fee. The current record is held by his teammate Neymar, who joined PSG for £198 million.

This would put him out of the range of all but a few clubs. Those who could afford him include Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.

Real are rebuilding and have shown an interest in Mbappe before. That they are managed by his countryman Zinedine Zidane could be an extra pull.

Barcelona are also considering making changes, and are looking to the future are Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are both over 30.

Likewise Manchester City are also planning. Despite winning an unprecedented domestic treble, boss Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen further this summer.

Real Madrid to make world record bid to sign PSG’s Kylian Mbappe

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Real Madrid are planning to make a bid to sign Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe this summer for a world record £240 million. 

France Football has reported that Real are preparing the mega-deal for the France international as part of the major revamp manager Zinedine Zidane is planning.

After a mediocre – by their standards – season, Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the playing staff. Top of the list is a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mbappe fits the bill.

If – and it is a big if – a deal is done, it would smash the current record £198 million that PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar back in 2017.

However, it is thought that PSG have no intention of selling one of their major stars and would turn down any bid. But matters are complicated as they may need to sell to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

France Football also speculated that deals to bring Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to the Bernabeau are almost done deals.

Real Madrid president targets Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for summer signings

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Real Madrid could break the world transfer record this summer as the club’s president says he wants to sign Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. 

Florentino Perez made his comments on the strikers as he unveiled Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new manager – taking the reigns just 10 months after he left.

Zidane has been tasked with taking Real back to the top of Spanish and European football next season. To do this, it is anticipated that he will instigate a major shake-up of the playing staff.

This will likely include one marquee player – at least – as the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has never been adequately filled.

Neymar and Mbappe are the obvious choices, having proved themselves in the European and World stages.

There have been constant rumours of Neymar’s disaffection with life in Paris over the past couple of years and he would likely welcome a move back to Spain. He has also been coy on talk about his future in recent weeks.

Meanwhile Mbappe has said he is happy at PSG right now, but has hinted he would like to move to Madrid at some point in his career.

Perez said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that he thought the presence of fellow Frenchman Zidane could be a full factor in convincing Mbappe to come to the Spanish capital.

But a transfer deal for either would inevitably involve a world record fee. The current £198 million record is held by PSG, when they bought Neymar from Barcelona two summers ago.

PSG would want a fee greater than that for either player, perhaps as much as £250 million. Both are under long contracts and are either at, or not yet reached, their peak years as players, given Neymar is 26 and Mbappe 20.

It is likely that Real would be able to afford one or the other from the pair – plus PSG would not sanction selling both players.

PSG president says Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are not for sale

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Paris St-Germain’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that the club’s star strikers, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, are not for sale and that the club will keep hold of them this summer.

Brazilian star Neymar has been repeatedly linked with a return to Spain in the past year or so – amid rumours he is unhappy with life in Paris – with Real Madrid thought to be the most likely club to bid for him. Barcelona have also been said to be interested in bringing him back to the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile Mbappe has established himself as one of the world’s leading players at the Parc des Princes, and, at just 20 is already a World Cup winner. He had also been linked to a move, with Madrid again mentioned, as well as Manchester City.

Either player would likely command a world record fee. Neymar currently holds the record when PSG paid Barcelona £198 million back in summer 2017. Realistically, only Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City could afford such a fee.

However, Al-Khelaifi is adamant neither will be leaving. Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca he said: “Neither Real Madrid, nor any other club in the world, needs to call us about Neymar or any other player. Real Madrid know perfectly well that Neymar is not for sale and that the player won’t leave PSG this summer.”

On Mbappe, he added: “In Paris, everyone loves him, he is at home and he knows that he has everything he could want to make history at PSG. He has the ability to make the Parc des Princes dream and all of the young people who love sport. The relationship between PSG and Mbappe is long-term because there is a very strong mutual trust.”

Paris St-Germain star Neymar is Real Madrid’s top summer target, report says

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Paris St-Germain striker Neymar is top of Real Madrid transfer target list for next summer – ahead of team-mate Kylian Mbappe according to reports in Spain.

Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that, while Madrid are keen on both strikers, Neymar will be the more gettable of the two, given Mbappe’s progress since he joined PSG.

Madrid are desperate to sign a marquee player having failed in the summer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a £99 million deal.

Mbappe has established himself as the top dog in Paris, following his starring role in the France team that lifted the World Cup in Russia last summer and his domestic form. Meanwhile Neymar’s star has fallen slightly, thanks to a period on the sidelines through injury and his perceived antics on the pitch. In addition, rumours over his unhappiness in the French capital have never gone away.

That said, both strikers have begun the season in top form – both have scored 13 goals in all competitions.

The tipping point for PSG could come if they are sanctioned by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play rules and could be forced into selling one of their prized assets.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona for a world record £198 million fee in summer 2016, with Mbappe joining as well – initially on loan from Monaco before a £166 million move the following summer.

While other clubs may be interested in Neymar, it is thought he wants a move back to Spain – and he would be the number one at Real. If he returned to Barcelona – perhaps unlikely, but not out of the question – he would likely be in Lionel Messi’s shadow.

Neymar would not come cheap – PSG would look to at least recoup their investment in a player who is just reaching the peak years of his career.