According to a report from AS, Real Madrid are expecting PSG to demand a transfer fee of €200 million for star attacker Kylian Mbappe in the ongoing transfer window.
Mbappe’s contract with Les Parisiens expires in 2024 and the player has made it clear that he does not wish to extend beyond that and leave the club for free.
But PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi made it abundantly clear on Wednesday that there is no way Mbappe will leave the club for free and that the 24-year-old will either have to renew his contract or leave the club this summer.
Given Mbappe’s reluctance to renew, there is now a strong expectation that he will be on the move in the current transfer window itself, although he will fight to seek the loyalty bonus that he would be owed by PSG next year.
Either way, should Mbappe become available on the market, Real Madrid appear to be the French superstar’s likeliest destination .
Los Blancos have been trying to sign the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner for years now. They came close last year when Mbappe’s contract was expiring until he performed a late U-turn and signed a new deal with PSG.
Prior to that, the Merengues had made multiple bids for him in 2021, ranging from €150 million to €200 million, and it is expected that PSG will hold out for at least €200 million to sell Mbappe this summer.
But, for the sale to go through, Mbappe will have to change his stance. And the longer he takes to do that, the pressure rises on PSG as the risk of him leaving for free in 2024 increases. It could force them into lowering their demands for the forward.
At the same time though, Real Madrid would potentially also have to cover the €70 million net salary (plus bonuses) that he would have earned at PSG if he stayed for another year.
So, the financial commitment required to sign the Frenchman will be huge, but Los Blancos are prepared for it and will pounce if Mbappe agrees to leave this summer.
Real Madrid prodigy eager to make his debut as he closes in on return from injury
Real Madrid’s start to the season has been nothing short of exemplary. The Merengues have won every game since the dawn of the campaign, going unbeaten over the course of six games.
However, coach Carlo Ancelotti has yet to unearth the maximum potential of his squad, as injuries to key players and some notable absentees have prevented Real Madrid from flexing their muscles.
Arriving this summer on a six-year contract, Arda Guler has not been fortuitous enough to don the Royal White jersey yet, owing to a knee injury he endured early in the pre-season tour of the US.
But after missing out on the initial stages of the campaign, his return is closer than ever.
Arda Guler aching to make his debut
Indeed, as per Diario AS, he has fully recovered from his injury and is close to playing his first match for Real Madrid.
The Turkish sensation cannot wait to play and apparently will be back with the group on Monday as he can finally shake off the rust and be reintegrated within the squad dynamics.
Guler has missed some important games in La Liga thus far, as well as the Champions League opener versus Union Berlin, which Madrid won with a late Bellingham strike.
However, the season is still long, and the 18-year-old will finally be able to participate in the upcoming matches, with El Clasico also on the horizon.
After a thorough investigation, the Madrid sports management came to the conclusion that Guler would be a suitable attacking addition who is poised to fit the team dynamics like a glove.
As a result, everyone at the club is excitedly anticipating his return from injury because he will have plenty of possibilities this season.
The player garnered immense attention in the summer transfer window and Real Madrid are thus looking forward to seeing him in action.