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Real Madrid's top target 'agrees to play as a number nine next season'

Real Madrid's top target 'agrees to play as a number nine next season'
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe agrees to a position change if he makes the move to Real Madrid this summer, according to a report.

Kylian Mbappe has reportedly agreed to a position change if he makes the move to Real Madrid this summer.

There has been no official confirmation over the France international's plans when it comes to his future, but he is widely expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer on June 30 and then sign for Real Madrid.

Mbappe's favoured position is the left-sided attacking role, but the same can also be said for Vinicius Junior, who has again been in excellent form for Los Blancos this season, scoring 19 goals and registering 11 assists in 32 appearances in all competitions.

There have been claims that Mbappe's arrival could lead to Real Madrid listening to offers for Vinicius, with Manchester United thought to be willing to pay a substantial fee for his services.

However, according to AS, Mbappe is willing to play as a centre-forward for Carlo Ancelotti's side, and he believes that his game could reach the next level by operating in that area of the field.

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal on March 5, 2024© Reuters

Kylian Mbappe is willing to play as a centre-forward for Real Madrid

The report claims that the 25-year-old is excited by the prospect of playing in a front three with Vinicius and Rodrygo, with Jude Bellingham operating in a slightly deeper position.

Endrick is also moving to Bernabeu this summer, further increasing Ancelotti's options in the final third of the field, while Brahim Diaz has also proven to be a strong squad player this term.

Ancelotti changed his formation last summer following the surprise departure of Karim Benzema, with Vinicius and Rodrygo largely operating as a front two this season, but there is likely to be a switch back to a 4-3-3 if, as expected, Mbappe completes a move to the Spanish capital.

Mbappe has again been in excellent form for PSG this season, scoring 41 goals and registering nine assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.

The Frenchman has eight Champions League goals to his name this term, meanwhile, and he is bidding to help Luis Enrique's side win the European Cup as a parting gift.

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal on April 16, 2024© Reuters

Kylian Mbappe could face Real Madrid in the Champions League final

PSG will tackle Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the competition, with the other last-four encounter seeing European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid lock horns.

Mbappe could therefore potentially come up against Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League this season, which is one of the main reasons why an announcement on his future has not arrived.

Real Madrid will not have to pay a transfer fee to sign Mbappe this summer, but it is still expected to be one of the most costly deals of all time considering his wages and signing-on fee.

The forward has scored 253 goals and registered 107 assists in 302 appearances for PSG in all competitions, including 42 goals and 26 assists in 62 Champions League outings.

Mbappe will also be bidding to lead France to success at this summer's European Championship.

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