Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain share very cordial relations, but when it comes to business, both sides are equally shrewd.
Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left them for Juventus, Real Madrid have been incessant yet forbearing in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman needs not much of an introduction as his incredible exploits at a tender age have not gone unnoticed, tipping him to become the next best player in the world.
PSG have conceded to the fact that they will not be able to hold onto their star man for much longer as Mbappe seems to have already turned down an extension to his contract which expires in June 2022. His club risks losing him for free two summers later or at a much lower price in 2021 as compared to what they would demand this year.
Kylian Mbappe is a mercurial goal-scorer and is exactly the player that Los Merengues need. Neither him, nor the club wanting him have made secret of their secret in creating a long-lasting association. However, as a result of the financial depression caused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Whites have decided to postpone their dream transfer till 2021.
At this point in time, the Parisians value their lethal sharpshooter at 250 million euros, but it’s a price tag that is bound to reduce when the World Cup winner is in the final year of his contract. Truth be told, Los Blancos can get him for a very reasonable price of 150 to 200 million euros next year if the contractual situation remains unchanged.
While the Ligue 1 giants would not have much of a bargaining power when it comes to keeping hold of the 21-year-old, they will be firm in their demands. Don Balon reports that they have now asked for Real Madrid’s bright prospect in exchange. Kubo has been the focus of attention since a couple of months and his promise is similar to that of Mbappe.
Takefusa Kubo is currently on loan at Mallorca. The Spanish islanders are on the verge of getting relegated, but their Japanese playmaker has been absolutely crucial in their gameplay. Everything that they do flows through the former Barcelona academy player and he certainly compares to Lionel Messi with respect to how Kubo carries himself.
Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, in particular, are passively desperate in their dream of landing Mbappe and could actually end up satisfying PSG’s request. While giving up on Kubo for any other player would have been a ridiculous decision, doing so in exchange of a handful of players could be an unsentimental choice and Mbappe certainly fits the bill.
In line with the goal-scoring business at Spanish capital, it must be said that Karim Benzema has been simply sensational of late with his overall contribution in the final third. However, the 13-time European champions definitely need some more pace and consistency which Mbappe offers in abundance.
Zinedine Zidane could soon be seen deploying a trio of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe and it will definitely be one of the deadliest the world has ever seen. Moreover, with the enhanced squad depth that Real Madrid possess, Vinicius Jr., Luka Jovic and Rodrygo Goes could also make their impact to ensure episodic and rich success.
On Sunday, Los Blancos continue their pursuit of a 34th La Liga title when they visit Espanyol. With four wins to their name after the success against Mallorca, all eyes will be on another convincing display.