Real plan ‘operation exit’ as they step up Mbappe interest

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Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid are willing to let four players leave as part of “operation exit” as they step up their interest in PSG star Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

The Spanish giants have long been linked with Mbappe. He enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2016/17 with Monaco. He scored 26 goals for them that season as they won the Ligue 1 title.

Mbappe joined PSG in 2017 and with them, he has established himself as one of the best players in world football.


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The forward has netted 132 times for PSG from 171 appearances and he helped France win the World Cup in 2018.

Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe, but Real Madrid are ready to step up their interest in him.

GOAL have reported that this summer Real Madrid will focus on letting players go. Referred to as “operation exit”, Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be willing to let Marcelo, Isco, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz leave.

They add that the purpose of this is to get some high earners off their wage bill before they move for Mbappe next summer. The Frenchman’s current contract at PSG expires in 2022.

Earlier this month, Nicolas Anelka claimed that Mbappe needs to leave PSG if he wants to win the Ballon d’Or:

“You have at least two choices — stay in Paris or move to Real Madrid. Both of them can win the Champions League these days. When I was at PSG, that wasn’t the case.

“That choice depends on what you want to achieve. If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point.

“Whatever you do in Paris will be good, but somebody will always say, ‘well, you did great for PSG but it was only in France. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league.’

“If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best.

“You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG. The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England.”