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Real Madrid ‘will buy Mbappe as gift for Ancelotti

Real Madrid will reportedly increase their efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment.

The ex-Everton boss could land the Paris Saint-Germain star this summer, leading to a potential exchange of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mauro Icardi.

Following the merry-go-round of managers Ancelotti, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, and Mauricio Pochettino are assessing their options.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian’s arrival in Madrid will lead to the club attempting to sign Mbappe as a ‘gift’ to the coach.

Real failed to win a trophy in 2020-21 and linking up the striker with France team-mate Karim Benzema is seen as a surefire route to success.

On Wednesday night, the pair combined in a 3-0 friendly win over Wales.

Mbappe, 22, is out of contract in 12 months’ time leading to lengthy talks with PSG over his future.

If a deal cannot be agreed, Madrid are said to be confident that they can swoop in and nab their number one target for a relatively cheap fee.

Pulling off the deal will lead to Les Parisiens seeking a new star forward to play alongside Neymar – and that is where Ronaldo comes in.

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The 36-year-old is also entering the final year of his Juve contract and financial difficulties in Turin have led to speculation over whether the club would sanction a sale.

PSG are predicted to come in for Ronaldo if Mbappe leaves, whereby Juventus would seek to sign Icardi.

The Argentine striker has long been a target for the Bianconeri, leading to rumours of Inter Milan putting an anti-Juve clause in the deal that sent him to Paris.

The exact details of the swap remain to be seen and the Italian giants have also been linked with trading Ronaldo for Paul Pogba.

One alternative replacement for the Portuguese star is Marseille star Arkadiusz Milik, according to reports in Italy.

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