In what can be a huge blow for Real Madrid’s transfer aspirations, Kylian Mbappe could announce his renewal with Paris Saint-Germain later tonight on Saturday, reports Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
Mbappe is in the final couple of months of his contract with PSG and speculations over his future have been dominating the headlines for months together now.
Real Madrid had been touted as the favourites to sign the 23-year-old superstar on a Bosman deal this summer after having failed to land him with massive bids last year.
However, it seems like Los Blancos could miss out on the French superstar after all. Earlier this week, Mbappe’s mother confirmed that they had reached a contract agreement with both PSG and Real Madrid, with both offers being very similar.
She had added that Mbappe was yet to make a final decision on his future. Now, Di Marzio is claiming that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has chosen PSG and the announcement could be made later tonight.
PSG play Metz in their final Ligue 1 match of the season and Mbappe and the club could announce the extension of their partnership after the match.
Building on that, Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has reported that the French forward could be set to receive a massive signing-on bonus of around €130-150 million or even double that amount.
Such outrageous sums may have played a part in Mbappe changing his mind to continue at PSG, despite having appeared to be favouring a transfer to Real Madrid for a long time.
If true, this development will come as a huge blow for Los Blancos, who had made Mbappe their main mission this summer. Due to their pursuit of the French international, Real Madrid even backed out of the race for Erling Haaland, who has signed for Manchester City.
It remains to be seen what Florentino Perez & co. do in the transfer window now that Mbappe has seemingly slipped out of their hands.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.