Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid: What we know so far about the latest PSG transfer saga

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Paris Saint-Germain have pulled off one of the most sensational transfer windows in history, but their summer could end on a sour note with Kylian Mbappe pushing to join Real Madrid.

PSG completed the incredible signing of Lionel Messi as a free agent after Barcelona were unable to re-sign their talisman on a new contract, while Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Gini Wijnaldum have all ended up in Paris on free signings - and massive wages.

But while the plan was to deploy Messi in a dream front three alongside Neymar and Mbappe, it appears as though the latter wants out with Real seeking to sign the French starlet.

With Mbappe fast overtaking Messi as the transfer saga of the summer, here is what we know so far...

Is Real Madrid’s interest genuine?

Yes. PSG have turned down an official bid from Real, and branded the Spanish club’s approach for the player “illegal”.

"Yes, we said no verbally," sporting director Leonardo told RMC Sport.

What else did PSG say about the bid?

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Leonardo admits the France forward, who has only one year left on his contract, is angling to leave the club.

However, Leonardo insists Mbappe will only be allowed to move to Madrid if their valuation is met.

“Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me. I am giving a position, which I think is clear to everyone,” Leonardo told French radio station RMC Sport.

“We cannot, in the last week of the (window), change our plans. If he wants to leave, we are not going to hold him back, but it is on our terms.”

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How much is Mbappe worth?

Mbappe moved to Paris from Monaco in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7million.

Asked if Real’s bid was around £160m, Leonardo replied: “I cannot confirm the numbers, but it is around that. It is less than what we paid for him.”

PSG are determined not to lose Mbappe for anything less than their asking price, which could end up being higher than the world-record €222m (£200m at the time) they paid to release Neymar from Barcelona... so it could take another £50-60m to convince them.

Why do Real want Mbappe now?

Quite simply, Mbappe is world class - and whoever has him for the next 10 years will likely win domestic and Champions League titles with one of the most marketable players on the planet. The 22-year-old has scored 133 goals in 174 matches for PSG and won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, while starring in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph.

Mbappe has one year left on his contract, so Real could in theory wait a year to sign him for free. While that appears to make an expensive move right now feel a little rash, Florentino Perez is smarting from the collapse of the European Super League which he had championed.

Perez is not one to take defeats lying down, so signing one of the best young players in the world would make a statement. Especially one from PSG. And in terms of finances, while Real have suffered like other top clubs through the pandemic, they have been lumped in with Barcelona of late - and they are in a far healthier financial position than their Clasico rivals.

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Real have sold the likes of Martin Odegaard, Achraf Hakimi, Raphael Varane and Sergio Reguilon in the past year, while James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos are off the wage bill. That makes a move for Mbappe now more plausible.

One other point of interest is that along with Mbappe, the likes of Paul Pogba and Eduardo Camavinga are available for free next summer - and Erling Haaland will be on offer for a cut-price €74m. If Mbappe is already signed, it could make the Bernabeu a tempting destination and smooth contract talks with a few players from January onwards.

So, will Mbappe stay at PSG?

It is hard to say what will happen right now given the situation is fluid. PSG desperately want to keep Mbappe, but their attempts to extend his contract have so far failed and they believe Real’s ploy is to sign him for nothing next summer.

“Kylian was given two important offers. One at the level of the top players in the squad two months ago and one above these players very recently,” added Leonardo.

“We want to prove to him that he is an important player, at the centre of the team, but not above the team.

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“Compared to Real’s position, it looks like a strategy to get a ‘no’ from us, to show that they have to try everything and wait a year to have (him for) free.

“It’s been two years since Real behaved like this, it’s incorrect, illegal even because they contacted the player. This is unacceptable to us.

“This is the very proof of the strategy; an offer arrives one year from the end of his contract and seven days from the end of the (transfer window). They want a refusal to show Kylian that they have tried everything and start negotiating for next year.

“We said no verbally. But no one is being held back. If someone wants to leave and our conditions are met, we will see.

“But we created a dream with our players this summer and we won’t let anyone destroy it. The offer is considered to be very far from what Kylian represents today.”

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