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Brentford Bids for PSG’s ‘Kylian Mbappe Replacement’ as 25YO Nears Free Agency Amid Real Madrid Rumors

Published 01/19/2024, 5:55 AM EST

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Kylian Mbappe has become a dominant figure in transfer headlines. The Frenchman’s future continues to remain a global fixation among soccer fans, with constant links to Real Madrid. While Mbappe is bound to leave PSG for free, his potential replacement at Parc des Princes is now at the center of attention, with Premier League club Brentford emerging as a contender for his services.

The player in question is none other than Hugo Ekitiké. Without much playing time at PSG, the 21-year-old striker is attracting the interest of several European clubs. Among them is Thomas Frank’s side, as they look to bolster their attacking ranks. However, signing him won’t be an easy task for the Bees. According to RMC Sport, the player is also on the radar of several other Bundesliga clubs, including Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. Ekitiké’s one appearance under Luis Enrique this season came in the opening Ligue 1 fixture against Lorient on August 13, 2023, where he played for just 8 minutes. 

This is quite shocking after considering the fact that he was signed as Mbappe’s replacement. The young player’s remarkable skill set and playing style have led to frequent comparisons between him and Mbappe. Having risen through the ranks of Reims, he made strides by notching over 11 goals and 5 assists during his breakthrough season. Even in his debut season on loan with PSG, he made over 32 appearances and bagged 4 goals and assists, forcing the Parisian to sign him on a permanent deal for $37.5 million.

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But now it’s evident that he isn’t part of Enrique’s plans. Certainly, a potential transfer will give him a chance to make a fresh start. If a winter move fails, he can go in the summer, alongside his teammate Mbappe, who, on the other hand, is bound to sign for Real Madrid. 

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Everything about Kylian Mbappe-Real Madrid saga so far

After dominating the headlines in the summer transfer window, Kylian Mbappe will reportedly join Real Madrid at the end of the season. The 25-year-old is in the final six months of his contract and is free to negotiate with any club. Although there remains interest from Premier League side Liverpool, he has reportedly set a deadline to decide his answer.

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However, news came that PSG had reportedly offered Mbappe a $108 million contract per year, which is three times more than what Madrid is offering. But it’s still not confirmed whether he accepted the Ligue 1 side’s new contract. Whatever it may be, time is ticking for Mbappe at PSG. He must act quickly to decide his next domestic step. 

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Abhishek Mishra

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I first kicked a soccer ball when I was 12. My early exposure to playing the sport earned me many accolades at the zonal and district levels. I still remember my first goal, where I scored a 90+5 minute header like Sergio Ramos did in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
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