Raul Wants Real to Fi­nalise Mbappe Deal

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Real Madrid leg­end Raul doesn’t be­lieve the club should hes­i­tate in spend­ing £160 mil­lion on Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe.

The young­ster has been tipped to make a big-money move to Los Blan­cos this sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

Speak­ing to Marca the club’s for­mer striker sug­gested they shouldn’t worry about the fee paid in the cur­rent cli­mate.

“The mar­ket will set the price,” he said. “There has to be an agree­ment be­tween sev­eral par­ties and that will de­fine it. Real Madrid have great play­ers but it is clear that un­til Au­gust 31, any­thing can hap­pen. For now you have to fo­cus on those who are here and we’ll see what hap­pens,” ob­served the Real Madrid great.

There’s no doubt spend­ing £160 mil­lion on an 18-yearold would be some­thing of a gam­ble, al­though Mbappe is the finest prospect in world foot­ball at the mo­ment. Ri­val La Liga side, Real Madrid may be happy at the dis­in­te­gra­tion of the hitherto po­tent strike force of FC Barcelona fol­low­ing the very likely de­par­ture of Ney­mar.

The in­di­ca­tion is de­duced from the re­ac­tion of Real Madrid’s hard tack­ling Ser­gio Ramos who was happy that the mer­cu­rial Ney­mar may have played his last El Cla­sico last Satur­day night in Miami, US.

Ney­mar swapped shirts with Ramos after Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Miami, a move that has set the ru­mours swirling again.

As re­ported by the UK’s Daily Express, Ramos said, “I don’t know (if the trans­fer will hap­pen), ev­ery­body is free to de­cide their own fu­ture.

“I hope it does hap­pen, it’ll be one less prob­lem for us”.

Ramos con­tin­ued, “I swapped shirts with him after the game and hope­fully it’ll be the last one he’s worn for Barcelona.”

Ney­mar’s present Man­ager Ernesto Valverde be­lieves Ney­mar will stay with the club and only he will de­cide his fu­ture.

“I try to talk about things that are hap­pen­ing, not things that can hap­pen,” Valverde said on Ney­mar after the game

“We’re go­ing to wait, but we think Ney­mar will help us this sea­son. I see him here on the field and we hope he’ll stay.”

Ney­mar failed to score in what may be his fi­nal ap­pear­ance in a Barcelona shirt on Satur­day night.

Span­ish me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day that Ney­mar did not re­turn with Barcelona after their Miami ICC ex­pe­di­tion.

He’s sched­uled to travel to China for club and pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

How­ever, there were spec­u­la­tions that after the trip to China Ney­mar will visit Qatar to meet with PSG Pres­i­dent Nasser Al-Khe­laifi to close his sign­ing with the French club.

His med­i­cal is ex­pected to hap­pen at the As­pire Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Doha, Qatar.

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