With just a few days left in the European summer transfer window, Real Madrid have made a formal offer to take over Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, according to multiple reports.
The reports have pegged Real Madrid’s transfer offer at $ 188 million, but there’s conflicting information on whether or not PSG turned down the offer.
Why would a club turn down $ 188 million for a player? The French club plan to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time after taking on priceless agent Lionel Messi to form a formidable attacking trident with attacking stars Neymar and Mbappe. Losing Mbappe would be a real blow to those opportunities, although PSG can always try to replace the 22-year-old French winger, difficult as that may be.
Real Madrid have made a £ 137m (€ 160m) offer to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 24, 2021
The fact that Real Madrid would have the cash available on a $ 188 million transfer deal – which doesn’t even take into account the player’s salary at the club – is surprising considering the pandemic has hit the club’s budgets due to millions in losses has irreparably damaged revenue in the past season. Reports from Spain suggest that more responsible housekeeping in recent years has enabled the Spanish club to handle the potential season change takeover.
Is Mbappe at Real Madrid a real possibility?
Mbappe is in his final year of contract with PSG and while the club would love to sign their young star again, several reports in recent weeks have shown that Mbappe has turned down contract extensions from PSG to join legendary Spanish club Real Madrid .
PSG could get involved this season and refuse Mbappe’s transfer but then he could leave for free at the end of his contract next summer. If PSG cash in now, the club will be able to use those funds to recharge, with rumors about the French club linked to Cristiano Ronaldo (currently in his final year of his contract with Juventus).
The sentiment in Italy is that Juventus, facing cash flow problems due to the pandemic, wouldn’t be entirely against dumping Ronaldo before walking for free next summer. He hasn’t helped bring the UEFA Champions League to Juventus in his three seasons and at 36 there are questions about whether he can help the Italian giant after humiliating eliminations at the start of the knockout round to come down the hump.
Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar on the same team – three global football icons and recognized worldwide as the best players in the world – would be a massive coup for PSG when it comes to global exposure and commercial opportunity. It remains to be seen whether the results would follow on the field.
Regardless, this tweet from a member of the Qatari royal family gives some credibility to this scenario as he’s the same person who revealed that Lionel Messi signed with PSG before anyone else had the news.
This is Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, a member of the royal family of Thani in Qatar 🇶🇦 and the brother of the Emir of Qatar, owner of PSG.
This guy threw a nice little viral tweet for you all to lose your mind. https://t.co/ITmrdoELWw
– Nico Cantor (@ Nicocantor1) August 24, 2021
Is it a yes or no from PSG?
The reports from France and Spain came quickly and furiously on Tuesday. Some said PSG turned down the offer:
PSG don’t want to sell Kylian Mbappé this summer. They rejected Real Madrid’s € 160mn offer for him today. Is Real coming back with a higher offer? PSG says they would refuse too. But would they really?
– Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) August 24, 2021
As several Spanish media announced, Real Madrid have made an offer of € 160 million to recruit Kylian Mbappé. Confirmed by the Madrid Club.
This first offer was rejected by PSG. #Mercato @ telefoot_TF1
– Julien Maynard (@JulienMaynard) August 24, 2021
However, reports in Paris state that PSG has not yet officially responded:
And a Spanish outlet that topped the Transfer saga claims that top French outlet RMC Sports published an alleged rejection of PSG’s Real Madrid offer and then withdrew.
What if the deal fails?
If there is no transfer deal this summer, Mbappe would end his final year with his hometown club PSG. He would hope to end it with a UEFA Champions League title that would further raise his global profile before joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2022.
The rules allow any player to sign a new contract with a club in the last six months of an expiring contract. If Mbappe is stuck at PSG, he could reach an agreement with Real Madrid in January 2022 before the move is formalized six months later.
Real Madrid could use the money they saved from the proposed transfer and then target another superstar as a partner alongside Mbappe. The massive striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund should be such a goal.