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Real Madrid representative was in attendance to watch Mbappe in action during PSG vs Real Sociedad

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If one had any doubts about how Kylian Mbappe would fare against La Liga opposition, last night’s UEFA Champions League clash gave a clear idea.

Paris Saint-Germain took on Real Sociedad at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of the Round of 16, and the Real Madrid target was on the scoresheet by the 58th minute.

The curiosity over Mbappe’s supremacy over the Spanish brand of football plagued even the Real Madrid administration, if recent reports from Mundo Deportivo are to be believed.

After all, the player is closer than ever to making the big-money switch to Los Blancos which has been coming for a long time.

Watching from the stands

According to the Spanish outlet’s latest report, a representative from the club was present in the stands to see Kylian Mbappe in action in France.

The objective was to see and gauge the player’s evolution over the years and just before his big move to Spain.

Needless to say, the result would have left a good taste in the mouth of the representative, for Mbappe not only scored one goal but took four shots on target, hit the woodwork once, and missed one big chance on the night.

The negotiations are progressing

Mbappe is said to have made his decision to leave the French club, and it is only a matter of weeks before the official announcement is made.

PSG, however, are relentless in their pursuit of a renewal as they continue to lure the player with their financial muscle.

They offer him a gross salary of €70 million per season in addition to the complete loyalty bonus of €80 million that he gave up last summer.

Mbappe is aware that he will have to make a significant economic compromise if he wishes to sign for the club of his dreams. However, he wishes to be the highest-paid player in the squad, ahead of the likes of Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr.

Arsenal and Liverpool are in the race to sign Mbappe, but Real Madrid appear to be the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner’s preferred destination.

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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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