Kylian Mbappe is in the final six months of his contract with PSG. The Frenchman, as was relayed last summer, has not renewed his contract with the club and appears set to leave Paris in June.
Real Madrid, once again, are in the race to sign him and are arguably favourites for the same. Yet, they have been in similar positions of strength several times before but to no avail.
The decisive summer
According to reports from Le Parisien, there is something different about Mbappe’s decision this summer.
The player knows it is possibly his last chance to sign for the club of his dreams, and the French media outlet conveys with conviction that Mbappe has decided to join Real Madrid in June.
PSG now consider the battle for Mbappe to be lost. The player is determined to don the white colours next season, and no twist is expected from here on.
On top of that, Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid and Mbappe are in constant contact to discuss the details of the transfer and make it happen.
PSG, for their part, are yet to be informed about the Frenchman’s decision.
Real Madrid’s offer
As a free agent, there is no transfer fee that needs to be paid to PSG for the youngster’s transfer. However, the club will have to pay Mbappe a signing-on bonus and are willing to hit the €60 million mark on that front.
Further, the Merengues have made it clear that they cannot match the wages he was earning in Paris and offer €15 million as a base salary.
Mbappe must thus make a serious economic compromise if his move to Los Blancos is to go through.
The coming weeks will be decisive, and an official announcement from Mbappe is expected this month. Once the player makes his wish to leave PSG publicly known, negotiations with Real Madrid should wrap up very soon.
Real Madrid confident that star midfielder will renew contract for another season – Romano
Real Madrid have a lot of work cut out for them before the 2024 summer transfer window even kicks off, with several important players in the squad running out of a contract come the end of the season.
Luka Modric is among them, with his future still undecided. The Croatian’s game-time has reduced drastically this season, and it seems he will only extend his deal if he gets more minutes on the pitch.
Lucas Vazquez and Nacho, meanwhile, are considered important rotational pieces in the squad, and will likely be handed a one-year offer. The final decision will be up to them, though, and Madrid will not push them to renew.
The more important concern for Madrid, though, is Toni Kroos’ contract. The German has been a vital player for them this season, and they want to renew him for at least another season.
However, the player has always been vocal about his desire to not stretch his playing career for too long.
After a lot of back-and-forth, though, Fabrizio Romano reports that Madrid are confident that Kroos will end up staying for another season. They have already tabled him the new contract, and the feeling within the club is that he will eventually put pen to paper.
This comes on the back of Kroos’ decision to return to the German National Team for the 2024 European Championship at Julian Nagelsmann’s request.
The player is enjoying a wonderful season at Madrid, and has been their best midfielder for at least a couple of years running now. He is a difference-maker for the Spanish capital outfit, and could extend his time as a footballer for another year.
Madrid will likely plan their next season with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde at the helm of the midfield, while Kroos serves as their mentor and the first deputy when time calls.