Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe linked strongly with a switch to Madrid (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
The 22-year-old World Cup winner is out of contract in 10 months and has made it clear he wants to join Madrid to fulfil a childhood dream.
Paris Saint Germain risk losing him for nothing in the next six-months when he could sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish giants.
Where PSG and Real Madrid are at the moment
- On August 24, Real Madrid made their move by submitting a bid of £137 million for Mbappe.
- PSG immediately rejected the bid even though sporting director Leonardo later insisted the door is not closed on the move.
- PSG sources have told NationalWorld.com that the French club want around €210m for the striker.
- Real Madrid made contact with Mbappe’s team on August 25, explaining that PSG are making it hard to negotiate with the figure they are holding out for.
- Mbappe’s team contacted PSG immediately reiterating the player’s desire to move to Madrid this summer. They also urged them to accept the offer as the young superstar doesn’t want to leave for free.
- August 26, PSG said they will only consider a bid that covers the €180m they paid for his services from Monaco.
- Mbappe’s team relayed this information to Real Madrid, who immediately submitted an improved bid of €170m upfront and €10m in add ons hoping this will turn heads in Paris.
- August 31, transfer deadline day, Real Madrid are still waiting for response from PSG.
Why are PSG playing hard ball?
There are two reasons, according to our sources, why PSG are thinking hard about selling their prized asset.
The main issues is the Champions League. The mega-club has been desperate to win Europe’s most prestigious trophy, and believe the addition of Messi to an already fearsome forward line of Neymar and Mbappe will make them unstoppable.
PSG are hoping that by delaying their response to Madrid, they will be able to get more money. Their directors are playing the waiting game until the last minute to see if Madrid will up their latest offer.
What we know from the Madrid camp
Real Madrid have informed their negotiations team that they are willing to walk away from the deal and sign Mbappe on a pre-contract agreement in January, even though they would ideally prefer him this summer.
The ball is now in the court of PSG. They either keep their star player and risk losing around €180 million in cash or cash in now.
Los Blancos have also strengthened their midfield with the signing of another French wonderkid, Eduardo Camavinga, on a €32m deal with Stade Rennes for the 18-year-old.