Kylian Mbappe wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid – but due to contractual issues, there is a possibility he may actually play in the Premier League next season.
PSG may have granted Mbappe talks with Al Hilal following a world-record £259m bid from the Saudi club, but the France international’s future remains uncertain at this point.
The forward has one year left on his contract and is unwilling to sign a new contract. He is even ready to spend the entire season on the bench. PSG believe he has already agreed to join Real Madrid on a free next summer and do not want to lose his prize asset just like that, so are now considering a deal this summer.
PSG believe at least five clubs are interested in signing Mbappe, including Tottenham.
It is said that there is already a “hot market” for Mbappe with interested clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
sky sports news Chief reporter Kaweh Solhekol explains the most likely series of events that would need to happen for Mbappe to sign for an English club…
“There is a situation that Mbappe could end up in the Premier League. I don’t think he is going to play in the Premier League in a few weeks, but there is a scenario.
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“PSG have said that in the last 48 hours an ultra-competitive market has formed for Mbappe. They say they have a lot of interest in him and Al Hilal’s bid is not the only offer they have received. Other clubs are preparing 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 time is running out and we will reach deadline day and PSG will be in a position to send him out on loan.
“At least then he will find a club to pay the loan fee and his salary. So, he is out of the way.
“They would prefer to do it with a club that is not in the Champions League – maybe a club like Chelsea or Tottenham would come into play. He would have to play to be fit for the Euros next summer.
“Are there any Premier League clubs who can go head-to-head with Al Hilal and offer a transfer fee or salary? Not at all.
“Mbappe also doesn’t want to be in the Premier League, he wants to go to Real Madrid. If he works hard and stays where he is, he could earn over £100 million in wages and loyalty bonuses over the next 12 months.
“Then next summer he signs for Real Madrid and takes home a £160m signing-on fee and huge wages.”
Analysis: Will Mbappe agree to move to Saudi Arabia?
Sky Sports News Chief Correspondent Kaweh Solhekol:
“It is all well and good that the club has given Al Hilal permission to talk to Kylian Mbappe – but does Mbappe want to talk to Al Hilal? So far there has been no indication that Mbappe is interested in moving to Saudi Arabia at this stage of his career.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘He only wants to go to Real Madrid, Al Hilal and all these other clubs are wasting their time.’ But these Saudis, sovereign wealth funds and PIFs are the same people who have effectively just bought golf. They’ve just bought an entire sport, to a large extent.
“They are the same people who offered Tiger Woods $700 million to sign up for the LIV Golf Tour. If they can spend $700 million on Tiger Woods, who is past his prime and nearing the end of his career, why wouldn’t they throw huge sums at Kylian Mbappé, who many would say is the best player in the world at the moment.
“Some incredible numbers are flying around. Some US outlets are reporting that Al Hilal are offering Mbappe €700m a season and saying he could go to Real Madrid. It’s not something I’ve seen. I know for certain that the offer was made by Al Hilal to PSG on Saturday for €300m.”
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