There appears to be no end in sight to the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga. The 24-year-old superstar has decided not to renew his contract with PSG beyond 2024 and wants to leave the club as a free agent next summer.
However, Les Parisiens have made it clear that either the forward renews or they intend to sell him off this summer itself. Real Madrid are paying close attention to the situation and are understood to be growing confident that they will sign Mbappe this year only.
But, things do not appear to be as straightforward as they seem if a fresh report from MARCA is to be believed.
Mbappe has said multiple times already that he wishes to remain at PSG for the remainder of his contract. And as per the report, the motivating factor behind his stance is financial.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner stands to earn a mammoth €150 million if he stays with the Ligue 1 champions for the upcoming season – €60 million in annual wages and another €90 million as a loyalty bonus agreed when he signed a new deal last year.
The idea is for Mbappe to remain at PSG for the next season and collect that entire sum before penning a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid in January 2024 and negotiating a signing-on bonus worth €100-125 million.
If Mbappe were to leave PSG this summer itself, he would stand to lose the signing-on bonus he would receive if he joined Madrid as a free agent, along with the €150 million payment that he would pocket if he stayed for another year.
Hence, Mbappe will now only leave the club if Les Parisiens will accept to pay him the €150 million that he would be owed for the next season. The club and their owners in Qatar are aware of and are outraged by the situation.
Mbappe’s mother, Fayza Lamari, who is said to be pushing the forward to join Real Madrid, is in talks with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to find common ground, but the negotiations are going to be very complicated.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham