The summer transfer window is a time for clubs to recruit new players and build their squad. This year, the biggest story has been the pursuit of Kylian Mbappe by Real Madrid. However, PSG have managed to resist the temptation so far and remain confident they can keep hold of their prized asset.
The mbappe transfer is a transfer saga that has been going on for a while. Real Madrid have shown interest in the player, but it remains to be seen if PSG will resist.
Kylian Mbappe did not go to Paris with the rest of the squad on Friday evening, after PSG defeated Brest 4-2 in Ligue 1 and he scored his first goal of the season after another excellent display. Instead, he had a private aircraft ready for him and flew abroad to enjoy Mauricio Pochettino’s team’s weekend off. By the way, he also didn’t fly to Madrid.
On Monday, he was back at training with his teammates, smiling, preparing for a momentous week for the club: on Sunday, Lionel Messi will make his first-team debut for PSG, away at Reims, alongside Mbappé and Neymar, marking the beginning of a new era in Paris. Will he or will he not?
The Spanish giants made an offer of €160 million for the rights to the Paris-born prodigy on Tuesday, but PSG quickly rejected it. Regardless of the money given, the club does not want him to depart this summer. According to ESPN, even if Real increases their offer, Paris will still reject it. PSG sports director Leonardo then said on Wednesday that Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid if the two clubs can agree on a trade.
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“Mbappe seems to want to go,” Leonardo told RMC in France on Wednesday. “We will not detain him if he wants to go, but it will be done on our terms. We’ve talked with Kylian many times and he’s always said the same thing: he’s guaranteed us that he’ll never leave the club on a free transfer.”
According to ESPN, an offer of around €200 million would persuade PSG to accept a deal, making this the newest and biggest transfer saga to follow in the final days of the most unpredictable summer window in recent memory, especially in light of Harry Kane’s recommitment to Tottenham over Manchester City.
It’s fascinating to go back four years, to August 2017, to realize how different Mbappe’s position was. He wanted to join PSG after starring for Monaco that season, scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances. Against ensure the transfer, he publicly expressed his dissatisfaction at the Trophee des Champions, which Monaco lost on July 29… to PSG. Then he started in Monaco’s opening game of the new Ligue 1 season against Toulouse, before being sidelined for the remainder of August until the move was agreed at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.
This is in striking contrast to what we’ve seen from Mbappe thus far this summer. He is content with his life, football, and team. He, too, has no issues with Messi’s coming; in fact, the contrary is true. Mbappe can’t conceal his surprise when those close to him inquire about the Barcelona player joining his club. He constantly says, “It’s Messi we’re talking about!”
Mbappe is gearing up for a memorable and fruitful last season at PSG, but a surprise offer from Real Madrid may prompt a transfer to LaLiga. Getty Images/LOIC VENANCE/AFP
On and off the field, Mbappe is forming an incredible relationship with another new PSG acquisition, defender Achraf Hakimi. They had never met before, but since Hakimi arrived on July 6, they have become fast friends. They’ve already developed a close bond on the field, and when they’re not practicing, they spend a lot of time together listening to music, playing video games, or playing board games.
Nonetheless, football is a game where anything may happen.
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PSG is in a dangerous situation since Mbappe’s contract has just one year (really, only 10 months) remaining on it. Everyone is aware of Mbappe’s fascination with Real Madrid: it’s no secret that he aspires to wear the iconic white jersey and play at the Santiago Bernabeu. Mbappe had wanted to go there since he was 11 years old, when he first practiced there with the junior squad, with Los Blancos already interested in recruiting him.
He’ll go there one day and be as good as his hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, was in LaLiga from 2009 to 2018. Will Mbappe, on the other hand, leave this week? Is it more likely to happen in a year?
PSG, according to sources, does not want him to depart this summer. Even if it’s just for a year, the whole club, particularly the owner, the Emir of Qatar, wants to keep the front three of Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi, especially as they seek that elusive first Champions League championship.
PSG are unwilling to be flexible in the remaining days of the summer window, even if it means watching Mbappe leave as a free agent in July 2022. There is also some skepticism over the logic of Real Madrid spending close to €200 million in 2021, when Mbappe could join them in a year without a massive transfer fee.
He has not yet signed to a new contract with the club, nor has he rejected any fresh proposals; the initial five-year contract proposal with a 50% salary rise (worth €30 million net per year) is still on the table if he wants to accept it. If Mbappe desired a shorter contract, the club would most likely accept a two-year extension. Even if Al-Khelaifi persists, it’s becoming more probable that he will not renew his contract.
Could PSG actually turn down a better offer if Real Madrid countered with a new offer? Even after the Messi agreement and the ultimate reinstatement of Financial Fair Play after the coronavirus epidemic, they reiterate that they would not conduct business and that they do not need the funds. According to ESPN, a fresh €200 million offer may persuade the Parisian hierarchy to approve his move to Spain.
Will Real Madrid be able to pull it off? Is it possible for them to raise their offer? The ball is now in Florentino Perez’s court. PSG still have the upper hand, particularly after Leonardo’s comments indicating that his team prefers to handle things on their own terms, but Perez may push the issue.
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