How Real Madrid could line up with Mbappe

Martin Macdonald

Real Madrid still hope to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.

The Spanish giants have reportedly bid €160 million for Mbappe, and although PSG will likely not accept that deal right away, Madrid are prepared to return with an improved offer.

Mbappe’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires in the summer of 2022 and it is now looking more and more likely that his next club will be the Blancos.

The European media has gone into overdrive in recent weeks with talk about a possible transfer as early as this summer, as PSG look to avoid losing Mbappe for nothing next year.

The acquisition of Lionel Messi on a free transfer would certainly soften the blow of losing Mbappe for PSG.

But how will Madrid line up if they sign Mbappe for the 2021-22 season?

Real Madrid probable XI with Mbappe

Well, the goalkeeper position picks itself as Thibaut Courtois has established himself as one of the best in the world.

In defence, Dani Carvajal will start at right back providing he can maintain his fitness, while Ferland Mendy showed last season that he is an excellent option on the left.

The centre of defence could be an issue for Madrid. Sergio Ramos has left to join PSG on a Bosman transfer, while Mbappe's World Cup-winning team-mate Raphael Varane has moved to Manchester United.

Real Madrid XI with Mbappe

New signing David Alaba is a certain starter, and Eder Militao could be the man to partner him, though Nacho will also see plenty of game time.

In midfield, long-term trio Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will continue as first choice for another season together under returning coach Carlo Ancelotti. However, keep an eye on Federico Valverde who recently signed a new contract until 2027.

In attack, Karim Benzema is a guarantee in the number 9 position.

Mbappe himself could play on either the right or the left, most likely the latter as Eden Hazard, if fit, will likely start on the opposite flank.

Vinicius Junior has started the season superbly, though, and will be pushing hard for that spot on the left of the front three.

Gareth Bale, Isco and Marco Asensio will provide useful options too.