Kylian Mbappe has ‘CHOSEN to join Real Madrid’ from Paris Saint-Germain this summer as long drawn-out saga with LaLiga side could finally be concluded
It comes amid a long and drawn-out saga between the French World Cup winners and the Spanish club, which has seen the PSG captain linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes for almost four years.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season with the Ligue 1 outfit, Le Parisien reports that Mbappe: ‘decided to leave Ligue 1 at the end of the season and join the biggest club in the world (Real Madrid) who has always been waiting for him.’
The outlet states that ‘optimism reigns in Madrid’ and that ‘negotiations are underway for the biggest dressing room contract’ for the 25-year-old winger.
Mbappe does have an option to extend his contract at PSG by another year, a deal that will earn him £60m for the next year. It would also prevent PSG from losing him on a free transfer after the club initially signed him for £153m in 2018 from Monaco.
Kylian Mbappe has reportedly opted to join Real Madrid in the summer following a protracted transfer saga
There is ‘optimism in Madrid’ that Mbappe will join the Spanish club and ‘negotiations are underway’
The 25-year-old (right) scored and tackled Marco Asensio (left) as PSG defeated Strasbourg on Friday night.
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Paris have even reportedly offered the 25-year-old a ‘never-before-seen £86m-a-year contract’ to ditch Madrid and commit his future to the French club.
Last summer it was claimed that Madrid were preparing a £103m offer to sign the PSG superstar, but in a bid to hold on to Mbappe, PSG slapped a world record £213m on the winger.
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has also openly stated that he wants the wing to remain.
He told RMC: ‘Look, I’m not hiding anything.
“I definitely want Mbappe to stay. For me he is the best in the world and for me the best club for Kylian is Paris.’
Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal even made a bid to sign him, offering Mbappe a £173.2m-a-year deal to move to the Middle East.
However, it appears that Real are too much of a tempting option for Mbappe, despite reports claiming that he could likely sign for a lower wage than he currently pockets at PSG.
Likewise, winning both individual and team honors is another appeal for the forward, who believes his best chance to win the Champions League could be with Real Madrid.
It was reported at the end of January that Mbappe was close to revealing his future plans.
Spanish outlet AS reported at the end of January that the player would soon bring the long-drawn-out saga with Real Madrid to an end
Mbappe is undoubtedly the star of the show at PSG, but at Real Madrid he is likely to be on the same level as Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jnr.
After much back-and-forth between Mbappe and Real Madrid, speculation over a possible move to Madrid has intensified in recent weeks.
He has been free to negotiate with other clubs since January 1 after entering the final six months of his PSG contract.
Liverpool have also been closely linked with a move for the forward, with Le Parisien also claiming that ‘Mbappe would be open to joining the Merseyside club.’
Things have also recently taken a turn with his mother Fayza Lamari becoming his agent again after newspapers in Spain reported late last year that she had to stop representing her son due to FIFA’s new regulations on agents.
While those regulations have since been ‘relaxed’, Lamari has recently stepped back into her position as his agent and will play a major role in the next step of his football journey. But she’s known to play hardball when it comes to business, with Lamari also previously playing hardball with her son over his wages.
Fayza Lamari (L), who is both his mother and his agent, threatened to retire if he donated more than 30 percent of his earnings to the foundation
On Friday night, the forward played when PSG defeated Strasbourg 2-1. Mbappe missed a penalty early in the game but responded to open the scoring for the Ligue 1 champions, netting his 20th goal of the season before setting up Marco Asensio who scored the winner.
More to follow…