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Angels Links: Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid?

It’s probably a safe bet to say the transfer record will be broken again this summer.

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Report: Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid for $208 million

Last week it was Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, and now Marca in Spain reports that Real Madrid have agreed a $200 million fee for Monaco’s wonderkid Kylian Mbappe. The report also says Mbappe will have a six-year deal and earn $8.1 million net in Madrid. This would nearly double the fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer. Mbappe scored 26 goals at just 18 years old, leading Monaco to a Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semifinals. This also continues the sales out of Monaco this year, following Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.

Barcelona star Neymar backed by Kaká to make right future call amid Paris Saint-Germain links

Orlando City star and former Ballon D’Or winner Kaká has expressed his support for Neymar, saying he will flourish wherever he plays as rumors continue to circle about a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain. While Barcelona players such as Pique have tried to dampen the rumors, Kaká has said Neymar should do right by himself, and that while it is not an easy decision, if it is time to move on from Barcelona, then so be it. The world waits with bated breath as the speculation of PSG paying Neymar’s €222 million release clause, and the domino effect that could have on other players.

MLS rejected $4 billion media rights deal requiring promotion/relegation

You may have already heard about this, but Major League Soccer rejected a $4 billion media rights deal from MP & Silva, a company owned by Riccardo Silva, a part-owner of the NASL’s Miami FC. The major condition of the rights deal, which would have quadrupled the MLS’ annual rate and lasted for 10 years starting in 2023, was that MLS would have to institute a system of promotion and relegation. The MLS owners made a statement that they are not in a position to engage the offer and they are not interested. There is a whole lot to unpack in this offer and what it means, but promotion and relegation has been talked about amongst American soccer viewers for a while.

VAR would have ruled out 'Hand of God' goal, Maradona admits

Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game, has put his support in favor of video assistant refereeing, and said that if it were in place when he played, his infamous “Hand of God“ goal would have been disallowed. This came in the 1986 World Cup against England, where Maradona went up for a challenge in the box and used his hand to flick the ball into the net. Argentina won that quarterfinal match 2-1 and went on to win the tournament. So with VAR, that would have been disallowed, Maradona would (most likely) have been sent off, which means he wouldn’t have scored his second goal either, etc. Basically, all of history would have been different.

Arturo Vidal staying at Bayern, Renato Sanches could go - Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that midfielder Arturo Vidal will be staying at the club, amidst rumors of a potential departure for the likes of Inter Milan or Manchester United. He also said that AC Milan and Manchester United target Renato Sanches, the Young Player of the Tournament in Portugal’s 2016 Euro win, could leave the club to get more playing time. Vidal is one of the best central midfielders in the world and is key to Bayern’s success as they add young pieces to an aging squad, while Sanches has said he needs to get more playing time in what is frankly a stacked midfield. He’s just 19, and has the chance to shine with playing time, but everyone involved has essentially said at this moment that time won’t come at Bayern, so we’ll see where he goes.

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