Kylian Mbappe is football’s hottest market prospect at the moment by quite some distance.
With the French sensation towards the tail end of his contract with PSG and seemingly firm about his desire to leave the club, teams across the world are in the race to secure his signing.
Saudi Arabia, unsurprisingly, has representation on board as well, after all, The middle-east based League has been snapping up some of Europe’s finest football talents this summer and hopes to win over Mbappe’s will through its economic pull.
Earlier this week, Al Hilal’s jaw-dropping proposal for the PSG star was revealed and stunned the world.
The Saudi-based club were reportedly willing to spend €300 million for the French star in transfer fees in addition to offering him a salary of €200 million with sponsorships.
Al Hilal still trying to convince Mbappe
Mbappe refused the offer without batting an eye at the time, but Fabrizio Romano reports that Al Hilal are far from done.
According to the Italian journalist, they have tried to further improve their bid in the last 24 to 48 hours to change his mind. Yet, the World Cup winner’s answer remains in the negative.
It is no secret that the PSG star sees Real Madrid as the next stage in his career.
The Merengues have been involved in his pursuit for years now, but his contractual situation makes the conditions amicable for an immediate transfer now.
The Parisiens demand a fee of at least €250 million for their star winger this summer, but that number is said to exceed what Real Madrid are willing to splash.
With negotiations likely to begin in the coming days, via intermediaries, it will be interesting to see how the two parties mend their bridges.
Mbappe is currently not training with Luis Enrique’s side after being dropped from the preseason squad on the tour to Asia.
PSG have made it clear that he will only be incorporated into the setup once he makes a binding decision about his future – either to renew and stay or to leave immediately.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”