Real Madrid Transfers: The pros and cons of the top 5 forward targets for 2021

PSG, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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PSG, Kylian Mbappe
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PSG FW Kylian Mbappe

Next we move to Kylian Mbappe, whose professional inspiration is the aforementioned Ronaldo. The PSG superstar is having another big season in Paris, and while he may be happy in his home city, he may crave something more in the form of the Real Madrid project.


  • There isn’t a more valuable player in world football. At 22, Kylian Mbappe has accomplished more than any other forward of his age or even a few years older. He was a standout on a World Cup-winning team, led Monaco to a great Champions League run, and reached the Champions League Final last season with PSG. And Madridistas will throw his hat trick at the Camp Nou on his list of accomplishments.
  • No single player can transform Real quite like Mbappe, who can start anywhere in the front three but is especially effective at beating defenders and scoring from the wide positions. And that’s what Real need the most, especially if Zidane moves to a more aggressive tactical setup.
  • Mbappe will probably be the best player in the world in the next three years. If you have a chance to sign him and you are Real Madrid, how can you say you didn’t try your hardest to convince him?


  • PSG are extremely difficult to negotiate with, and they could convince Mbappe to stay. They could ask for 200 million euros for Mbappe, which is either more than Real can afford in this pandemic or would necessitate the sale of a current star.
  • Likewise, Mbappe’s wages will be similar to Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Not only does that make a move difficult in the first place, especially if Gareth Bale has to stay, but paying Mbappe prevents Real from making important depth upgrades.
  • Mbappe is at his best as a left winger. Real Madrid have invested a lot in Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior. Eden Hazard is still here and unlikely to leave, even if Real actually wanted to shop him around. So how would Real navigate this logjam?