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Transfer news: Mbappe, Fernandes, Maignan, Faye

Transfer news: Mbappe, Fernandes, Maignan, Faye

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As reported yesterday, Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid is ‘here we go’ – every document is signed, and the French superstar can be considered a new Real Madrid player, joining the European champions as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe will be officially announced soon, it’s being prepared by Real Madrid as they look to unveil the new star of their project. Even though Mbappe is technically still contracted to PSG until the end of this month, they have given the green light for Real Madrid to formally announce their new signing.

This deal has been in the works for some time, with Mbappe deciding back in February not to sign a new contract with PSG, while even a few months before that it was a tense situation between Mbappe and his club as he informed them he would not trigger the option to extend his contract for a further year until 2025, which was one of the options included when he signed his new deal with PSG back in 2022. At that time, however, even though he rejected Real Madrid, he spoke with Florentino Perez directly and apologised, making it clear his dream was always to wear the Real Madrid shirt. And now it’s happening – Mbappe already has a house in Madrid and has prepared for his private life in the Spanish capital.

An important detail in all this – Mbappe will not be earning the kind of huge money that Real Madrid were offering in 2022. Money was not the crucial factor at that point as there was not a big difference between what Real Madrid were offering and what PSG were offering. Now Real Madrid have done an incredible job in terms of money as they’re signing Mbappe as a free agent, though obviously it still won’t be cheap, and now they’ve been very clear with Mbappe after he rejected them in the past: this is your last chance to join Real Madrid, and if you don’t accept our terms with the salary and image rights, the deal can’t happen.

So, Real Madrid will not pay Mbappe the same kind of money he had on the table from the club in 2022. It will be way less – still an important salary, but similar to what players like Vinicius, Jude Bellingham and other stars of the team are earning. There will be add-ons, of course, if he…

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