The transfer window may have concluded, but the spotlight remains on Kylian Mbappe’s next destination for the upcoming season. As this campaign nears its end, Mbappe has the option to depart Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
With past connections to Los Blancos, it appears increasingly likely that Mbappe will find himself playing in Spain in the near future.
While PSG expresses a desire to retain Mbappe in Paris, Madrid is actively pursuing his signature for the upcoming season. However, the decision carries significant weight, especially considering Mbappe’s eligibility for Euro 2024 and potential participation in the Olympics.
Although he can sign a pre-contract now, the question of obtaining permission from clubs to participate in these tournaments may influence his decision. Alternatively, Mbappe could delay signing until after the competition to avoid complications with club permissions.
Rumors surrounding Mbappe’s move to Madrid are gaining momentum, with ESPN suggesting that an official announcement could occur as early as next week.
The ongoing discussion between the two clubs echoes previous instances, with comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo’s pivotal role in leading Los Blancos to a Champions League title.
Le Parisien reports that there were three occasions when Real Madrid came close to signing Mbappe. Before joining Monaco, Mbappe underwent a week-long trial with Real Madrid, but his family opted for Monaco.
Subsequently, after gaining prominence with Monaco, Real Madrid made a substantial €180 million offer for the emerging star. Despite their persistent interest, the lack of playing time assurances tilted the decision in favor of a move to Paris.
During Mbappe’s last contract renewal in 2022, there were reports of a verbal agreement with Real Madrid, which ultimately did not materialize as he extended his contract with PSG.
These past negotiations add complexity to the current discussions, but given Mbappe’s global status, Real Madrid remains interested in securing his services.
Madrid is eager to finalize the deal promptly to avoid potential complications, such as another contract extension with PSG or competing offers, like the substantial $776 million wage proposal from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia during the summer.
Despite the negotiations and speculations, until Mbappe officially signs with a club, uncertainties linger, and the rumor mill will likely continue until a formal announcement is made.