Real Madrid, a huge fan of Kylian Mbappe (PSG), is ready to spend big to finalize the deal this summer.
“Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to launch an offensive to sign Kylian Mbappe,” French media outlet Foot365 reported on Monday (Aug. 8).
Mbappe is one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, having announced his plans to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Mbappe’s plan is to leave PSG on a free transfer. After revealing that he has no intention of signing an extension with the club, he has indicated that he will play for PSG until the 2023/24 season and then leave the club after his contract expires.
PSG have taken the opposite approach. While PSG initially held on to Mbappe ahead of the 2022/23 season after Real’s offer swayed them, this transfer window they are now planning to sell after the player revealed he has no intention of extending his contract.
Already, PSG have reportedly received offers from several teams, and according to European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have offered €300 million for the player’s transfer fee and €700 million for his wages.
Mbappe was adamant. He turned down Al-Hilal’s offer, which would have been the highest contract in the history of professional sports, to stay at PSG.
He then turned down Barcelona as well. According to Spanish outlet Marca, “Barcelona had decided to try and make a huge bomb offer to sign Mbappe. They were convinced that they would be able to pull it off with their most valuable asset in a situation they could not afford financially.
They brought Ousmane Dembele, Pablo Gabi, and Zafinha to the negotiating table.” According to the report, Barcelona made an offer to lure Mbappe from PSG that included Gabi, the team’s top prospect, instead of a transfer fee, an offer that was quickly rejected by Mbappe.
In the end, the most likely remaining destination is Real. Real were initially considered the favorite to land Mbappe, and it was widely assumed that they would be the team he would head to as a free agent after the 2023/24 season.
PSG opened negotiations with Real, and many leading journalists predicted a move to Los Blancos. “I would say there is a 100 percent chance that Mbappe will sign for Real this summer,” said RMC Sport journalist Julien Lawrence, predicting that Mbappe will play for Real from the 2023/24 season.
Marca journalist José Felix Dias, who is well versed in Real news, also believes that Mbappe’s chances of joining are “60 percent. It’s closer to Real than PSG. He could arrive in the last week of August for less than 200 million euros ($281.5 million).”
While many are waiting to see if and when Mbappe’s move to Real will happen, it has been reported that Real president Florentino Perez, who is known to be a big fan of the player, is ready to open his wallet to sign him. Pérez was also close to signing Mbappe as a free agent last summer, although the player changed his mind at the last minute and the deal fell through.
“Real will not wait until the summer of 2024 to sign Kylian Mbappe,” said the report, citing French outlet L’Equipe. “The Spanish giants are ready to put an end to the crisis rocking PSG by making an offer this summer.”
“Pérez is now ready to take out his checkbook to get the French star back, and he is willing to put up €160 million, or even up to €200 million if PSG demand it.”
Real’s most expensive signing to date is Eden Hazard, who they acquired from Chelsea for €115 million. If Pérez were to sign Mbappé for €200 million, it would break the club’s all-time transfer record.
“The important thing is that Mbappe declares his love for Real,” he said. “Peres wants him to announce publicly that he wants to join Real. He wants to erase the memory of last year and show that the greatest players on the planet want to play for Real.”
It’s the recent developments with Mbappe that have led to the club’s willingness to spend astronomical amounts of money for a player who could be available for zero in a year’s time. To further pressure Mbappe, who has yet to leave the club, PSG recently pulled the “no first-team training” card.
French outlet RMC Sport reported on July 7 that “It’s over. Mbappe is not participating in team training. He will only do recovery work in the loft group, away from the first team group, in training on Monday.” PSG has already treated Mbappe as a de facto absentee, excluding him from the Asian tour and the main screen of the club’s website.
Some have speculated that if Mbappe does end up staying, his exclusion from training could be season-long rather than temporary, and that he could even be watching games from the bench.
“What’s clear is that if Real don’t get aggressive, Mbappe risks spending the entire season on the bench or in the stands,” the outlet said, adding that “it’s already clear that he won’t be training with the first team, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be available for the league opener.”
Given that Mbappe’s form and fitness could be compromised if he is out of training and games for a full year, Real decided that PSG’s move was a bad idea and that they would rather bring him back this summer, even if it means spending a lot of money.
Meanwhile, the problem with PSG’s attitude is that Real are actively trying to sign Mbappe this summer. Real are willing to spend up to €200 million ($287.9 million) to sign Mbappe, but that’s nowhere near the price PSG have set for him.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, PSG have set a whopping €250 million ($351.9 million) for Mbappe. Real were prepared to break the club’s transfer record to land Mbappe, but with PSG unable to meet their demands, the question of what PSG would do was left open.
With Real’s offer virtually the only way to get Mbappe off their hands for a big fee, it seems likely that Real will opt for a strategy of stalling until the transfer deadline in order to force PSG to relent.
PSG can’t wait to put an end to this summer’s Mbappe saga. New PSG coach Luis Enrique is reportedly growing tired of the lack of progress in finalizing the Mbappe deal after so much time has passed.바카라사이트
According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, “Enrique is tired of the situation. According to French sources, he feels uncomfortable with Mbappe’s situation.” “Luis Campos and Enrique’s main desire is to find peace of mind about the Mbappe situation,” said the Spanish outlet, adding that Enrique hopes the situation will be resolved soon.
The summer 2023 transfer window closes on September 2. With less than a month to go before the deadline to release Mbappe, it will be interesting to see if PSG will accept Real’s offer and end the long Mbappe saga.