Kylian Mbappé wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid, but due to contractual issues there is a possibility that he will actually play in the Premier League next season.
PSG may have allowed Mbappé to speak to Al Hilal following a world record £259 million bid from the Saudi club, but the French international’s future is far from certain at this point.
The attacker still has a one-year contract and does not want to sign a new contract. He is even willing to sit on the bench for the entire next season. PSG believes he has already agreed to join Real Madrid for free next summer and does not want to lose his prize money for nothing, so he is now looking for a deal this summer.
PSG believe at least five clubs are interested in signing Mbappé, including Tottenham Hotspur.
There is already said to be a “hot market” for Mbappé with interested clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Sky Sports news lead reporter Kaveh Solhekol lays out the most likely sequence of events Mbappe would need to play to sign for an English club…
“There is a scenario that Mbappe ends up in the Premier League. I don’t think he will be in the Premier League in a few weeks, but there is a scenario.
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“PSG have said in the last 48 hours that a hyper-competitive market has emerged for Mbappé. They say they have had huge interest and Al Hilal’s offer is not the only offer they have received. Other clubs are formulating offers for him.”
“If Mbappe says no to Saudi Arabia and if PSG stick to their position that he will not play for them again, then there is a situation where the clock is ticking and we come to Deadline Day and PSG would be in a position to send him on loan.
“At least they get a loan and a club to pay his wages. That’s why he’s out of the way.”
“They would prefer to do that with a club that is not in the Champions League – maybe a club like Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur will come into play. He should play to stay fit for Euro next summer.”
“Is there any Premier League club that can take on Al Hilal and offer the kind of transfer fee or wage? Absolutely not.”
“Mbappé doesn’t want to go to the Premier League either, he wants to go to Real Madrid. If he digs his heels in and stays where he is, he will get more than £100 million in wages and loyalty bonuses over the next 12 months.”
“Then he will sign for Real Madrid next summer and receive a signing fee of £160 million and a huge salary.”
Analysis: Will Mbappe be convinced to move to Saudi Arabia?
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“It is all well and good that the club is allowing Al Hilal to talk to Kylian Mbappé, but does Mbappé want to speak to Al Hilal? So far there is no indication that Mbappé is interested in moving to Saudi Arabia at this stage of his career.”
“Many people say, ‘He just wants to go to Real Madrid, Al Hilal and all those other clubs are wasting their time.
“These are the same people who offered Tiger Woods $700 million to sign up for the LIV Golf tour. If they can afford to spend $700 million on Tiger Woods, who is past his best and approaching the end of his career, why not spend huge sums on Kylian Mbappé, who many people would say is the best player in the world right now.”
“There are unbelievable numbers flying around. Some American outlets are reporting that Al Hilal offers Mbappé around €700 million for one season and says he can move to Real Madrid. That’s not something I’ve seen. The only thing I know for sure is that Al Hilal made a €300 million offer for PSG on Saturday.”
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