Real Madrid can’t sign Mbappé

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Real Madrid hoped to create a new standout by attracting the young talent to Spain

O Real Madrid failed in his attempt to sign the French striker Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain on the final day of the transfer window, while rivals Atletico Madrid secured a surprising comeback on loan from Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann.

After a period of transfers that saw the surprising move of Lionel Messi from Barcelona to PSG and the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester United, Real were hoping to create a new standout by attracting the young talent to Madrid.

Several reports in the Spanish press indicated that Real offered between 150 million and 200 million euros for the winning striker of the last World Cup against France, who has a contract with PSG until June 2022.

A source close to PSG said the club had no intention of selling one of its main players in the year it is seeking an unprecedented victory in the Champions League, and said there was distrust of Real’s conditions of being able to pay that amount.

Real managed to sign another Frenchman: young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who arrives with a six-year contract from Stade Rennes. The local press reported that the amount paid by the 18-year-old Frenchman was around 30 million euros.

In the last moments of the transfer window, Atlético, current Spanish champions, guaranteed the return of Griezmann, who had been sold by the club for 120 million euros to Barcelona in 2019.

In a statement, Atleti said the deal includes the option for either club to extend the loan agreement for one year.

Barça, also in a statement, adds that the negotiation contains a purchase option, with Atlético paying the player’s salary in full. Local media reports in Spain estimate the purchase option at €40 million.

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