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Kylian Mbappe could still do a U-turn on his widely expected move to Real Madrid after insisting that him signing a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain is still possible. Madrid had two offers for Mbappe rejected last summer and are favourites to sign the starlet when his PSG deal expires in June.
“If I had made my decision, I would have said so. I don’t have to answer to anyone. If I had made the decision, I would have taken responsibility. The good and the bad things, I have always assumed them by the way,” Mbappe told journalists over the weekend.
“I don’t have to hide – I didn’t kill anyone. I just want to make the best decision I can. I’m still thinking about it. Because there are new elements, new parameters. I want to make the right choice. I know that for people, it takes a little while.” And later he told reporters: “Is staying at PSG possible? Yes of course.”
Mbappe was expected to be Madrid’s marquee arrival in January but Los Blancos will need to look elsewhere if the Frenchman remains at PSG, for whom he scored 160 goals in 209 appearances. Express Sport looks at who else might be available.
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There was some good news for Liverpool fans over the weekend as it was reported that Salah might be close to agreeing a new contract. There had previously been a worrying impasse in which no progress was made.
The Mirror claim that Salah and his entourage are willing to compromise over some of their huge demands, which could pave the way for the 29-year-old to renew his stay at Anfield.
However, until Salah puts pen to paper in a new contract, his future remains unclear. Liverpool might want to sell in the summer if he does not agree fresh terms in the next few months, rather than lose the forward for free a year later.
An Mbappe-less Madrid might be the perfect place for an experienced Salah to shine.
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Tottenham forward Kane appears to have backtracked slightly on his demand to leave the North Londoners. He appears happy at the club and is thriving under Antonio Conte.
However, a burning desire to win trophies remains. The 28-year-old is yet to win a league or a cup in an otherwise highly successful career.
Man City are apparently leading the race to sign Erling Haaland this summer, so are unlikely to revisit last summer’s interest in Kane. Madrid could be the next best option for the England captain.
Lukaku was expected to be the signing who would be the difference between Chelsea winning the Premier League or not. However, his £97.5m return to Stamford Bridge has failed to work out.
Injuries, a loss of form and a public outburst in which he appeared to imply he wanted to go back to Inter Milan have all worked against him. The Belgian has scored just five top-flight goals this term.
A damning indictment of Lukaku’s performances is that the Blues look far better when Kai Havertz leads the line instead. An exit only one year after his blockbuster switch looks increasingly likely.
Arsenal forward Lacazette would be the cheapest option for Madrid from this list. Like countryman Mbappe, his contract expires in the summer and there is yet to be any sign of him agreeing fresh terms.
It seemed far likelier that Lacazette would depart earlier in the season when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Mikel Arteta’s chosen striker. But since the Gabon international’s departure to Barcelona, Lacazette has been excellent and has even captained the side.
Arsenal will need to move quickly if they want the 30-year-old to sign a new deal. Madrid could be lurking if there is no news soon.
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