Just when one had written off Kylian Mbappe’s name from the transfer market, the drama began once more. The past two months have seen countless stories of the French superstar’s move to Real Madrid, and the same will go on until deadline day as it appears.
Everything appeared set for the Frenchman to stay at PSG for one more season. The plan was for the player to let go of his bonuses and sign for Los Blancos next summer on a free transfer.
Yesterday, reports of the Merengues’ interest in pursuing an immediate purchase surfaced and developments have been progressing rapidly ever since.
According to an update from AS, PSG will let Mbappe go for €250 million. Both the French club and the player are waiting for Real Madrid’s bid.
Florentino Perez is playing a bigger game
The Merengues know that they sit in a position of strength. With Mbappe now in the final year of his contract, every passing second reduces the transfer fee PSG commands for him.
Real Madrid are thus formulating a €120 million offer for the player and hope to push the Parisians into accepting it. The drama, thus, could drag on to the final day of the transfer window.
As it stands, Florentino Perez is awaiting the green light from Fazya Lamari, Mbappe’s mother and agent, before launching an offer.
With Real Madrid’s official offer set to be less than half of PSG’s asking price, negotiations will not be straightforward. Yet, one knows that Mbappe’s arrival would be the cherry on Carlo Ancelotti’s already flourishing project.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.