The summer transfer window may be over, but Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid transfer speculation is far from over.
Mbappe was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window but ultimately opted to stay at PSG. But the flames were not extinguished. Real Madrid have thrown down the gauntlet again. This time, they’re confident.
First, it’s important to note that Mbappe refused to sign a new contract with PSG. Mbappe’s contract with PSG expires next summer. Before the season, Mbappe publicly stated that he did not want to re-sign with PSG, and the club played hardball.
They excluded Mbappe from the Asian tour, and when he returned from the Asian tour, they excluded him from the first team. Mbappe did not play, and the conflict between PSG and Mbappe reached a climax.
But then there was a reconciliation. Mbappe started playing again, and scoring goals. The summer transfer window closed, and Mbappe decided to stay.
Some were optimistic that Mbappe and PSG were on track to reach a deal. However, others reported that Mbappe was still refusing to sign a new contract.
Nothing had been decided on a new contract. However, as time goes on, the weight of the evidence is leaning towards a ‘no’. If that happens, Mbappe will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer.
This is something that Real Madrid is trying to capitalize on. Real Madrid and Mbappe can meet and negotiate from January next year, six months before his contract expires. They can also sign a pre-contract. Real Madrid could sign a pre-contract next January and then sign Mbappe for free in the summer. 굿모닝토토
Signing for free doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost money. In this scenario, there’s no transfer fee, but you’re investing more than the transfer fee in Mbappe. With Mbappe’s salary and bonuses, Real Madrid was prepared to pay a total of £200 million ($313 million). That’s enough to break the world record for the highest transfer fee. In addition, the number nine shirt left behind by Karim Benzema’s departure is also ready for Mbappe.
Spain’s Sport reported on Real Madrid’s plans.
“Real Madrid have drawn up a plan to sign Mbappe to a pre-contract in January 2024. This would pave the way for them to sign Mbappe on a free transfer next summer.”
“Real Madrid have promised a package worth £200 million as a gift for Mbappe,” the outlet continued. It includes salary, bonuses and more. Benzema’s number nine shirt has also been reserved for Mbappe. This is a sign of president Florentino Perez”s commitment. Real Madrid is optimistic,” he explained.