Queens Park Rangers Handed Boost As Target Now Available On Free Transfer

Queens Park Rangers target Ethan Mbappe has announced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain and will become available on a free transfer this summer.

Marti Cifuentes is keen to bolster his midfield department over the coming months after guiding QPR to safety despite the club being six points below the dotted line when he was named as Gareth Ainsworth’s successor back in October. By the end of the campaign, the West London outfit were six points above the drop zone and had secured safety in the Championship following a three-match winning streak to close out the season.

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The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road as a number of high-profile jobs became available in England’s second tier, including Sunderland, Hull City and Burnley. Nevertheless, should the club keep hold of their manager, the board must back him this summer.

The middle of the park is clearly an area that the 41-year-old is hoping to improve before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Queens Park Rangers have already been touted with moves for players such as Nordine Kandil from Strasbourg and even Isaac Hayden, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club from Newcastle United.

Additionally, Darren Witcoop revealed on Monday afternoon that QPR were interested in signing Brighton and Hove Albion star Marc Leonard, although the journalist stated that other suitors were pushing harder for the 22-year-old midfielder’s signature including teams in the Championship and League One.

However, another name that has cropped up in the press is Ethan Mbappe, the brother of France captain Kylian Mbappe. It was reported by French outlet Le Parisien back in May that QPR had joined the race for the youngster who was set to leave PSG once his contract expires at the end of June but Cifuentes’ side face competition from European sides such as Lille, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax for Mbappe.

Nevertheless, Queens Park Rangers have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the 17-year-old’s signature as Ethan Mbappe has officially announced he is leaving the Ligue 1 champions, just like his brother who is heading to Real Madrid.

Writing on social media, the young midfielder said [quotes via Fabrizio Romano on X]:

“In the name of sincere love I have for you, I say goodbye and thank you PSG”.

Writer’s View

Queens Park Rangers face a really tough task to sign Mbappe this summer as clubs such as Dortmund and Ajax are also battling it out for his signature – two teams who have become synonymous with developing young players and selling them for high profits over a short space of time.

Nevertheless, QPR can offer him more consistent first-team minutes, which the other chasing parties may not be able to afford to give him right now. There is a chance that Mbappe will move to West London over the coming weeks, although it’s certainly slim.

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