L.A. Times: Mbappe Strengthens Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, Will Barcelona Suffer Consequences?

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Real Madrid regained the Spanish League title from Barcelona this season, increasing its record in the Champions League with 15 titles. His contract with French star Kylian Mbappe constitutes a warning to the Catalan club. Adding Mbappé to a star-studded squad is a stunning statement of intent, and could tip the balance of domestic power even further in Real Madrid’s favour, especially as Barcelona faces huge financial challenges. Real Madrid offered AS Monaco €160 million but Paris Saint-Germain redoubled with €180 million recalling him to the team. In 2024, Mbappe went on free transfer signing for 5 years and €75 to R.M. The 25-year-old, is PSG’s record goalscorer with 256 goals in 308 appearances.
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Over the past decade, Barcelona has wasted hundreds of millions of euros on failed signings, including Brazilian Philippe Coutinho and Frenchmen Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, in addition to paying a very high wage bill.

On the other hand, Real Madrid’s financial strength is evident in its contract with a player active in the left wing position occupied by Brazilian Vinicius Junior, the best player in the Champions League this season.

Financial Balance

Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to reshape the attacking line, knowing that the president of the Royal Club, Florentino Perez, believes that Mbappe is the last piece that will decorate his renovated stadium, “Santiago Bernabeu.”

On the contrary, Barcelona has recently been content with loan deals (Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix) and stars whose contracts with their clubs have expired, have reached the end of their football careers and are looking for a final challenge (Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan).

Mbappe’s arrival and the presence of other young stars in the team, including Jude Bellingham, will help Real Madrid dominate La Liga for years.

In response to the Mbappe deal, Barcelona may look to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Neco Williams to bolster the left flank of their attacking line.

However, any huge signing would force the Catalan club to sell players first to achieve financial balance.

6 goals for Mbappe in Barcelona 

The Catalans hope that Mbappe’s arrival will disrupt the harmony in the Real Madrid dressing room, given his status as a star.

Also, Ancelotti may need time to find the best plan that suits the striker.

Barcelona was a victim of the French star’s talent, as he scored two own goals last April and contributed to their elimination from the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mbappe scored 6 goals against Barcelona, ​​in 4 matches he played against them, including 3 in 2021.

After Barcelona committed to giving up part of its television broadcast revenues for a quarter of a century, in exchange for huge investments, the club will need to rely heavily on the “La Masia” youth academy.

Recently, great young players have emerged, including Lamine Yamal and Pau Kuparsi, who may enable the club to compete with Real Madrid.

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