The best players in the world aspire to play for one of Barcelona or Real Madrid during their careers. Needless to say, the two Spanish giants are almost always involved in a tussle when a superstar is looking for a move away.
Taking that into consideration, Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid seemed extremely straightforward. The Frenchman had his heart set on the Bernabeu and the two parties even have a verbal agreement in place.
However, the inevitable has happened. According to reports from L’Equipe, Barcelona have now entered the race for Mbappe and pose a new threat to Los Blancos’ plans. The 23-year-old is still far from agreeing anything with the Blaugranes but has not closed the door over a possible move.
Barcelona are looking to rebuild their squad in the summer and were initially linked with Erling Haaland. After falling out of the race for the Norwegian, they have turned to alternative options like Mbappe and Mohammed Salah.
Moreover, the Catalan administration believe that a move for Mbappe would be a better deal both economically and from a sporting view.
While the Norwegian’s transfer requires a €70 million fee, multiple commissions, and signing bonus; Mbappe would, at least, arrive on a free transfer.
It is difficult to imagine the Frenchman making a move to Camp Nou after being so straightforward about his desire to wear the white of Madrid.
It remains to be seen if Barcelona offer an superior economic proposal to the PSG star. As it stands, the chance of a last minute swoop are slim for the Catalans.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.