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PSG want a part of the signing-on bonus Kylian Mbappe would receive from Real Madrid – report

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Despite the fact that Kylian Mbappe’s summer move to Real Madrid is all but confirmed, a report from L’Equipe (h/t SPORT) has emerged, saying that Paris Saint-Germain are not willing to give up on the money yet.

The outlet affirms that the French team is determined to capitalize on the forward even as his contract nears expiration in June, allowing him to depart without a transfer fee.

Now, it is assumed that the player will forgo the €80 million loyalty bonus, a figure that would escalate to €90 million if he had extended his tenure until 2025.

However, the club’s ambitions extend beyond this, anticipating that he will contribute additional funds to the club’s wallet even after relinquishing the optional year.

What kind of additional funds?

Interestingly, PSG are aiming to secure a fee ranging between €100-150 million from Mbappe’s departure. 

This strategy would allow them to recoup some of the substantial investment made in 2017 when they signed Mbappe for €180 million from Monaco and paid significant sums to retain his services.

Kylian Mbappe will move to Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, the interesting part is that if Mbappe goes to Real Madrid, PSG would want him to pay some part of the signing bonus he would receive from Madrid. This is like a hidden part of the deal to make sure PSG get more money for letting Mbappe go on a free transfer.

PSG learning to live without Mbappe

For what it is worth, since it came to light that Mbappe would move to Real Madrid, he has experienced a decline in prominence within the team, a decision attributed to Luis Enrique. 

The coach has been gradually sidelining Mbappé in certain matches, leading to the player losing minutes on the pitch.

Justifying his choice, the former Barcelona manager has explained, “Taking him off is entirely a coach’s decision. I believe that, sooner or later, we will have to adapt to playing without Kylian Mbappé. It’s my decision, and I make it with the goal of achieving the best outcome for the team,”

“If it is related to his departure? I repeat: sooner or later he will not play for us again. We have to get used to it,” Enrique explained.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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