A Blue can hide another. Real Madrid announced on Tuesday, August 31, the signing with great fanfare of a French international, a great hope for world football. But if Eduardo Camavinga, 18 years old and 88 games in the Rennes jersey, leaves Brittany for the Spanish capital, the club merengue with the thirteen Champions Leagues will have to wait for the presentation of its main summer target: Kylian Mbappé.

Despite an assiduous court with the 2018 world champion, and substantial offers to his club, Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG), the Madrid White House failed to secure the services of the attacking the Blues. Real ended up throwing in the towel, one day before the summer transfer market closed, after a week of intensive negotiations.

Twenty-one days after having struck a big blow by attracting the Argentinian Lionel Messi on the banks of the Seine, the PSG did it again, managing to keep its best player despite his desire to leave.

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Poker game

In a strange game of poker that began long before the summer, an actor seemed to go all-in. By suggesting an offer of up to 200 million euros in compensation – according to several Spanish media – to buy the last year of the world champion’s contract, Real Madrid has exploded the standards of player transfers at the end of the contract .

“We are all ruined with the pandemic”, had nevertheless assured, in the spring, the president of the club, Florentino Perez, to justify the creation of a secessionist Super League, between the biggest football clubs of the continent.

While he could have recovered Kylian Mbappé, free next year – if he does not resign in Paris, he will be able to commit wherever he sees fit from January – Real Madrid has remained in his role as a club able to take out the checkbook at any time. As when he had stacked the “Galactics” in the early 2000s (including Luis Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo or David Beckham) during Florentino Perez’s first stint at his head (2000-2006). Marginalized in Europe after the episode of the stillborn Super League, the Madrid club intended to show that it remains a continental power.

Except that the Qatari version of PSG can also afford this kind of extravagance. Like declining an offer that would have allowed him, in a single operation, to achieve the 180 million euros in sales hoped to balance his accounts battered by the pandemic.

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