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Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo animate the last days of ‘mercato’

Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo animate the last days of ‘mercato’

Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo … Two heavyweights who could have a leading role in the transfer market, less than a week after its closure. From Paris to Madrid, from Turin to Manchester, the Europe of football is watching with expectation eventual movements that could alter the balance of forces.
After a season and a half disturbed by the coronavirus pandemic, the boreal summer of 2021 marks a kind of normalcy, especially among the richest clubs, ready to put their hands in their pockets.
Thus, two of the ten largest transfers in history were made in August; Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku (115 million euros / 135 million dollars) and Manchester City for Jack Grealish (117 million euros / 137.7 million dollars).
But perhaps the best is yet to come, in the last few days that are announced intense, until midnight on August 31.
“The PSG wants 220 million euros” (259 million dollars), writes the AS on a cover that offers a new chapter of the ‘soap opera’ Mbappé.
The amount, evoked in France by Le Parisien, recalls the 222 million euros spent in 2017 by Paris SG to pay the termination clause of Neymar, then at FC Barcelona, ​​a world record.
Real Madrid also seem willing to break the bank to seize the 22-year-old forward.
For now, ‘Kyky’ refuses to extend his relationship with the club in the French capital, where he has one year left on his contract.
– ‘War dirty’ –

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On Wednesday, PSG sports director Leonardo evoked for the first time the hypothesis of a goal scorer march. The newspaper L’Equipe asks on the front page this Thursday: “The resigned Paris?”
If the player “wants to leave, we will not retain him, but he will leave or stay with our conditions,” the Brazilian launched.
PSG rejected a first offer from the Madrid team of 160 million euros, considered “insufficient” by Leonardo.
“We cannot sell to a player for less than what we paid for him when he was 18 years old”, that is to say 180 million euros, assures Leonardo.
The ball is back on the roof of the Santiago Bernabéu. It is “a dirty war for Mbappé”, estimates the Catalan newspaper Sport.
“PSG is not going to make it easy at all,” insists Marca.
On Thursday, Real Madrid made a new offer of 180 million euros ($ 211 million), according to several French and Spanish media. In the Champions League draw, PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi said his club’s position “has not changed” and that he wants to keep the player.
If Mbappé is finally gone, PSG will have to consider the question of his successor. Erling Haaland? The 21-year-old Norwegian’s name is pointed out by L’Equipe and Le Parisien.
But Borussia Dortmund is not willing to sell either.
England international Harry Kane would be another candidate, but the Tottenham player now seems more likely to stay in London.
So there is a name left; Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a Portuguese star with five Ballons d’Or who would be determined to leave Juventus, with which he has a contract until 2022.
– Ronaldo with his agent in Turin –

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The rumors were unleashed since the arrival on Wednesday of his agent Jorge Mendes to the Piedmont city.
“The arrival of the most influential agent in the world, the man who has been working for weeks in the CR7 march, officially opens the final phase of this Ronaldiano ‘market’,” says Gazzetta dello Sport.
Last week, Ronaldo denied any possibility of a return to Real Madrid. The club on pole to be his new destination would be Manchester City, according to various media.
The club owned by a wealthy Emirati fund would strike a double blow: sporty as it seeks a center forward, but also diplomatic, in response to its Qatari rivals PSG, who signed Messi in August.
The problem would lie in the amount to be paid for the transfer of a player for whom Juve paid 115 million euros in 2018 to remove him from Real Madrid.
If Mbappé left, PSG would have more economic muscle to sign him.
Until August 31 all possibilities are open.(AFP)

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