Los Blancos have decided against making any January signings in anticipation of Kylian Mbappe’s summer arrival from PSG.
Los Blancos have been working on a deal for the World Cup winner for several years, only to be turned down by PSG in 2021 before Mbappe opted to sign a new contract last year.
However, the France international’s current contract will expire next year, and he told PSG in the summer that he does not intend to exercise his 12-month extension option until 2025.
Following the revelations, PSG fought tooth and nail to sell Mbappe this summer, leaving him out of their pre-season tour squad and forcing him to train alongside a handful of other transfer-listed players.
However, after rejecting a world-record deal to join Saudi Pro League Al-Hilal, Mbappe held constructive talks with the hierarchy and returned to Luis Enrique’s first-team squad.
However, Mbappe’s contract situation has not changed, and PSG risk losing the 24-year-old as a free agent at the end of the season if he does not change his mind.
Real have strongly denied reports that they are already negotiating Mbappe’s arrival. According to Marca, the La Liga giants will not add to their ranks over the winter to make room for the attacker.
Los Blancos desire to sign Most Valuable never ends
Los Blancos beat off competition from Liverpool and Manchester City to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. However, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema left for Al-Ittihad a year before his contract expired.
Mbappe has long been tipped to succeed Benzema at the Bernabeu. However, with an initial £88 million commitment to sign Bellingham, Real were unable to complete a sensational double swoop this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side instead signed experienced Spaniard Joselu on loan from Espanyol, as well as Arda Guler, Fran Garcia. Los Blancos got a good Spanish Goalkeeper from Chelsea Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan.
Real have started the 2023-24 season strongly, sitting second in the embryonic La Liga rankings behind surprise package Girona, thanks in no small part to 13 goals from the in-form Bellingham.
Los Blancos have also won their first three Champions League games against Napoli, Union Berlin, and Braga. A point against SL Benfica on Wednesday will see them through to the last 16 with two games to spare.
As a result, Ancelotti is said to be confident in his current squad and will rely on his existing first team to fill any gaps, so he does not believe any January signings are necessary.
During his tenure in the Spanish capital, President Florentino Perez has also been opposed to mid-season signings, and the club will turn to academy players in case of “emergencies.”
Former France international Samir Nasri, on the other hand, has urged Mbappe to reject Real Madrid’s advances once more and stay at PSG for the 2024-25 season.