Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is an open secret at this point. In fact, it is quite surprising that the transfer has not gone through already given that Paris Saint-Germain are out of the UEFA Champions League.
The Frenchman is set to become a free agent in the summer, and can sign a pre-agreement with the team of his choice without any intervention from PSG. He has, however, hinted that staying with the French outfit is still an option.
In an interesting turn of events, PSG announced a new sponsorship today with lifestyle brand GOAT and did not include a certain Mbappe in the announcement illustration.
The photo that features GOAT on the sleeve of the PSG jersey includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe, and Achraf Hakimi standing in a queue against a blacked-out background.
As the face of the next generation in football, and a contendor to the ‘GOAT’ title, Mbappe is one of the most marketable players in the world right now.
Therefore, it would not be farfetched to suggest that this could be a hint about Mbappe’s decision, which is expected to be announced by the end of this season.
Madrid already have a proposal on the table for Mbappe and are ‘calm’ about his transfer. It is understood that they are confident about sealing the move despite interest from multiple clubs.
Barcelona, too, were briefly linked with a move for him, but those rumours saw the face of the bin soon enough after Joan Laporta dismissed any ‘financially risky’ transfer for the summer.
The World Cup winner has an incredible 20 goals and 14 assists in the league this season, and is leading the chart for both. He has also contributed in the form of six goals and four assists in the Champions League before eventually being knocked out by his dream club, Madrid.
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.