Can Mbappe or PSG resist Real Madrid’s interest? Unboxing the latest transfer saga
Friday night, after PSG beat Brest (4-2) in Ligue 1 and Kylian Mbappe scored his first goal of the season in another very good performance, the French star did not make it to Paris with the rest of the team. Instead, he had a private jet waiting for him and set off to enjoy the weekend Mauricio Pochettino gave his team. By the way, he didn’t fly to Madrid either.
Monday, he was back in training with his teammates with a smile on his face ready for a big week for the club: Sunday, Lionel Messi will make his first-team debut for PSG, in Reims, with Mbappé and Neymar. at his side for the start of a new era in Paris. Or will he do it?
On Tuesday, the Spanish giants offered 160 million euros for the Paris-born prodigy, and that was quickly rejected by PSG. The club don’t want him to leave this summer, regardless of the money offered. Sources told ESPN that even if the La Liga giants step up their proposal, it will still be a no for Paris. Then on Wednesday, PSG sporting director Leonardo said Mbappe wanted to leave for Real Madrid if the two clubs could agree on a transfer.
– Sources: Real Madrid’s Mbappe offer rejected by PSG
– Leonardo from PSG: Mbappe wants to leave
“Mbappe wants to leave, it seems clear,” Leonardo told RMC on Wednesday. “If he wants to leave, we are not going to keep him but it will be done under our conditions. We’ve talked a lot with Kylian and he always tells us the same thing: he always promised us that he would never leave the club on a free transfer. “
Sources told ESPN that it would take an offer of around € 200million for PSG to consider accepting a deal, which, in light of Harry Kane’s re-engagement with Tottenham against Manchester City, in fact the most recent and important transfer saga to watch the final. most unpredictable summer window days in recent memory.
It’s interesting to go back four years, to August 2017, and see how different the situation was for Mbappe at the time. Having played for Monaco that season, scoring 26 goals in 44 games, he wanted to join PSG. To make sure the move happens, he first displayed his dissatisfaction with a visible sulk during the Champions Trophy, which Monaco lost on July 29 … against PSG. Then he started against Toulouse in Monaco’s first game of the new Ligue 1 season, before being sidelined for the rest of August until the transfer was agreed at 6.30pm on the 31st. August.
This is in stark contrast to the vibes we’re seeing so far away from Mbappe this summer. He enjoys his life, his football and his team. He also has no problems with the arrival of Messi; in fact, it is quite the opposite. When people close to Mbappe ask him if the Barcelona star has joined his team, he cannot hide his astonishment. “This is Messi we’re talking about!” he always repeats.
Mbappe is also building an incredible friendship with another new PSG signing, defender Achraf Hakimi, on and off the pitch. They didn’t know each other before, but have gotten along well since Hakimi joined Hakimi on July 6. They have already formed a strong partnership in the field and they spend a lot of time together, listening to music, playing video games. or board games when you are not working out.
Nevertheless, it is football and anything can happen.
The fact that Mbappe only has one year (in fact, only 10 months) left on his contract leaves PSG in a vulnerable position. Everyone knows the attraction of Real Madrid in Mbappe’s mind: it’s no secret that he has a dream to wear the famous white shirt and play at the Santiago Bernabeu. Since he was 11 years old and trained there for the first time with the youth team, with Los Blancos already eager to sign it then, Mbappe wanted to go.
One day he will go there and he will be amazing in La Liga, just like his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, was from 2009 to 2018. But will Mbappe leave as early as this week? Or is it more likely a year from now?
Sources still insist that PSG do not want to let him go this summer. The whole club – especially the owner, the Emir of Qatar – also wants to preserve the top three of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi, even if only for a year, especially as they continue this elusive first title in the Champions League.
There is also some skepticism about the logic of Real Madrid spending nearly € 200m in 2021, when Mbappe could join them in a year without massive transfer fees, and therefore PSG are unwilling. to be flexible the remaining days of the summer window, even if that means watching Mbappe leave as a free agent in July 2022.
For the moment, he has not accepted a new deal at the club, nor rejected new offers; the initial contract proposal of a five-year deal with a 50% pay rise (which would net him 30 million euros net per year) is still on the table if he wants to sign it. The club would likely agree to a shorter extension – two years, for example – if that’s what Mbappe wanted. However, it is increasingly likely that he will not extend his deal, even if Al-Khelaifi keeps trying.
Could PSG really say no to an improved offer if Real Madrid returned with a revised offer? They repeat that they will not do business and do not need the money, even after the deal with Messi and even with the eventual resumption of financial fair play after the coronavirus pandemic. However, sources told ESPN that a new offer of 200 million euros could prompt the Paris hierarchy to authorize his transfer to Spain.
Will Real Madrid do it? Can they increase their offer? At the moment, the ball is in Florentino Perez’s court. PSG still have the upper hand – especially with Leonardo’s remarks showing his side would like to handle this in their squads – but Perez can force that hand.