Salah, Dembele or save money – what should Real Madrid do after Mbappe’s ‘betrayal’?

“May you be well”, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez politely wished Kylian Mbappé when the Paris Saint-Germain striker no longer moved to the Santiago Bernabeu. Finally, he burned the powder, to be more precise. Perez’s two-year ambition is to bring the French striker to the Spanish capital and after PSG rejected a € 220m offer from Madrid last summer, this time he seems confident he will get his new star.

Kylian Mbappé, who idolized Cristiano Ronaldo as a child, is enthusiastic and seems to have reconciled with Los Blancos, as his contract with PSG expires at the end of June, while the reigning French champion is making more insane offers to try and keep their striker. Eventually they convinced him – each with its own price.

Depending on who you ask, the last three year contract signed by Kylian Mbappé involves both big money and big power within the Parc des Princes. Numbers and privileges that Real Madrid could not give him, or would not even try to give him.

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In the entourage of the “Madrilenian”, or in the surrounding area, anger is evident.Mbappe has clearly betrayed Real Madrid“, Fumed the presenter of El Chiringuito, Josep Pedrerol. “PSG won. Qatar won. It’s infuriating. If you’re a Madrid fan, you’re furious, if you’re a Barca fan, maybe you’re celebrating. Why was he saying yes to the Real Madrid for a year? Meanwhile, midfielder Fede Valverde launched a tweet that, although not directly focused on Mbappe, seemed biased. “Being a Madrid player is a privilege that not everyone can have. “he wrote.

At the same time, one of his counterparts in Barcelona was reported to have sent a message in the team’s collective chat saying that Mbappé’s turnaround was worth “almost a title”. However, Real Madrid will leave the anger to those who have the time and energy for it, and instead focus on how to move forward from it. First, the search for his 14th Champions League trophy, which is at stake against Liverpool on Saturday in Paris. Its win in the French capital, where Mbappé lives, will be the first road forward.

After that, Florentino Pérez will have to decide whether he still wants to make a big signing this summer or wait a while, following the same approach of mid-cost deals and a focus on young players who have done well in Madrid. in the past tense. the last seven or eight years.

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If Real Madrid make the leap, then their latest opponents Liverpool have two aces that Perez might be interested in, as far as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are concerned. The contracts of both Liverpool wingers will expire in the summer of 2023, meaning the Reds must renew them this summer, or risk losing them for free within a year, or sell them while they can still earn a little.

With Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, who arrived in January, leading up to their best years, Liverpool may be tempted to sell either of them, but would prefer to keep both. Mane has friends in Madrid and is already talking for a move, while Salah is an almost perfect sign to fit on the right side, with Karim Benzema in the middle and Vinicius Junior on the left.

Another intriguing option is located closer to home. There is no winger in the world who creates more chances than Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé, who is out of contract this summer. The club with which he is most closely linked, if he does not stay at Barca, is PSG – but with Mbappé’s extension they may have no reason to sign Dembele.

Barca fans consider it an unforgivable betrayal for Ousmane Dembélé to follow in Luis Figo’s footsteps by joining the fierce foe, but Madrid could easily pay the France international whatever salary he wanted, which he could not afford. Catalans do, while saving money. what they would have given Mbappé.

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Another option is to leave Rodrygo in the right-wing position and strengthen the rest of the squad, following the same approach to ‘smart hires’ as in previous years. Aurélien Tchouameni is a target in midfield and a player who could help replace Casemiro. The Monaco star is said to cost Madrid around € 60m, a big and smart investment, even if he is not the ‘mark and mark’ when it comes to Pérez’s expectations.

With Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga at the club, Real Madrid will have a new midfield trio with the potential to one day fill the boots of the legendary trio Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro who have won three Champions League finals. together, and aimed fourth. Los Blancos can be comforted to think that they won La Liga this year and beat Mbappé’s PSG, reigning European champions Chelsea and Premier League winners Manchester City on their way to the Champions League finals.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior broke almost every team they faced in 2021-22, and will continue to improve on attack in the new season, the former showing no signs of slowing despite approaching his th -35 anniversary and the second confirms all the expectations placed on him by the Spanish club for several years.

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Real Madrid may decide that the best thing to do now is to wait for Mbappé’s new contract to expire in 2025, even if that means swallowing their pride. Pérez’s calm public response has at least left that option open. “I think he made the right decision, he’s young and he’ll have time to go to Madrid, he’ll have time to go where he wants,” said Mbappe’s PSG teammate and former Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria. “In 2025? I know the people in Madrid are complicated, that the Bernabeu can be difficult, but he has the talent to take over them. “

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There are ways to iron out what happened last week. Staying at PSG is better than leaving for another team rather than Real Madrid, for example. And spending more time in France could help prolong Kylian Mbappé’s career, rather than exhausting himself in physical and mental championships.

Perhaps in 2025 other targets will emerge and Mbappé will no longer have the same appeal – though few will bet against his star who continues to rise, even if so far he is in Paris and not in Madrid. For now, Real Madrid cannot stay on this turnaround, even if it is painful, and the salt of the wound is to face Mbappé again in the Champions League next season. If so, Pérez wanted to be Kings of Europe, to show Mbappé what he chose not to participate.

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