If Real Madrid want to sign Kylian Mbappe, they will inevitably have to sell him.
The reason is financial. Mbappe, who is currently earning a hefty salary at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), would have to be financially incentivized to make the move, which could mean selling other players on the team or taking a pay cut.
British soccer publication TeamTalk noted Real’s “restructuring” on June 6, saying, “Real will likely have to cut corners here and there to avoid a financial hit if they want to sign Mbappe. The media outlet predicted that four of Real Madrid’s highest-paid and most expensive stars would have to gradually leave the club.
They are Vinicius Junior, Ronaldinho, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos.
The first problem with Vinicius is that he overlaps with Mbappe’s preferred position.
Both players want to play as left wingers and there is currently no way they can coexist. “Whether it makes sense tactically and financially for Vinicius and Mbappe to play together is an issue that will require a lot of thought from Real’s hierarchy,” said TeamTalk.
Furthermore, Real president Florentino Perez is reportedly very keen on letting Vinicius go. In January, Spanish sports publication Sport reported that “Pérez is ready to let Vinicius go if Mbappe arrives” and that he is willing to hand over the number 7 shirt to Mbappe.
That’s why Vinicius, who is tied to Real until the summer of 2027, can’t welcome Mbappe’s departure with open arms.
Hodriguez has the same problem as Vinicius. “Hodriguez is unhappy with his current tactical role,” says TeamTalk, “and it remains to be seen what changes Mbappe will bring to the attacking scheme.”
Of course, it’s hard to imagine Real selling both Hodriguez and Vinicius to bring in Mbappe. “It is unlikely that Real will sell both Vinicius and Hodriguez at the same time,” according to TeamTalk, “but they could create a 실시간 바카라사이트 new attacking formation where Mbappe, Hodriguez and Vinicius can all be involved in the attack.”
As for Modric and Kroos, their departures are more likely to be financial than tactical.
Modric and Kroos currently earn €21.88 million and €24.38 million respectively. Mbappe’s salary, which currently stands at €132 million, is likely to drop considerably when he joins Real, but he should be guaranteed the highest paid position in the team.
Modric is 38 years old and Crosby is 34 years old. Therefore, TeamTalk analyzes that Real will have to drastically cut or sell the salaries of the two seniors to meet Mbappe’s wage demands. “Given Modric’s age, it seems difficult to keep paying him that kind of salary,” the publication says, while Cross could also be sold as “there are plenty of alternatives for the future, including Jude Bellingham, Aurélien Chouameni and Eduardo Camabinga.”
While speculation continues to mount that Mbappe’s move will be a tumultuous one, it will be interesting to see if Mbappe boards the plane to Real and brings the long-running transfer saga to a close.