Saturday Transfer Buzz: Real Madrid’s ultimatum to Mbappe, Arsenal explore striking alternatives

In the buzzing world of football transfers, Real Madrid is gearing up for a second attempt to secure the signature of Paris St-Germain’s star striker, Kylian Mbappe.

The Spanish giants have set a mid-January deadline for the 25-year-old French sensation to decide on a potential summer move. The offer on the table is a staggering £23 million per year along with an eye-watering signing-on bonus of £110 million.

Liverpool is not sitting idly either, as they enter the race for Mbappe, leveraging the good relationship he shares with the club and manager Jurgen Klopp. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal has set its sights on alternatives, targeting Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface, and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as potential options to reinforce their attacking prowess.

In other transfer news, Manchester City has initiated talks with Juventus regarding the loan departure of England midfielder Kalvin Phillips. 

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Chelsea’s interest in 16-year-old Spanish defender Pau Cubarsi continues, a prospect who has showcased his skills playing for Barcelona’s B team this season.

Manchester United’s Hannibal Mejbri has caught the attention of Freiburg, Lyon, and Sevilla, while Juventus is reportedly ready to offer Italy striker Moise Kean in exchange for Arsenal’s young English midfielder, Charlie-Michael Patino, currently on loan at Swansea City.

Crystal Palace’s inquiry for England striker Eddie Nketiah has been rebuffed by Arsenal, and manager Mikel Arteta signals a willingness to part with key players only if substantial offers come their way. 

Tottenham intensifies its pursuit of Genoa’s Radu Dragusin, but faces competition from Roma.

Borussia Dortmund’s Ramy Bensebaini expresses interest in a move to Manchester United, while Bournemouth’s success has manager Andoni Iraola concerned about potential departures, particularly eyeing English striker Dominic Solanke, who is reportedly on Tottenham’s radar.

Liverpool and Manchester United, however, have hit a roadblock in their pursuit of Benfica’s Antonio Silva, with the 20-year-old Portuguese defender deemed not for sale in the January window. 

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On the flip side, West Ham and Newcastle are on high alert as Napoli’s Giovanni Simeone signals a desire to leave in January, adding another layer of intrigue to the dynamic world of football transfers.

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