A march in 2024 or from this same boreal summer? A new contract? All scenarios are on the table after the decision of kylian mbappe not to activate your renewal option for one more year with the Paris Saint Germain.
Bluff or final decision?
The 24-year-old striker surprised the football world by renewing with PSG in May 2022, just days before his contract expired. President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi himself announced the news on the Parc des Princes pitch before the last game of the season, with the striker posing next to him wearing an elastic ‘Mbappé 2025’.
The club communicated at that time a contractual extension of three years, but in reality it was a two-year contract with an additional year (2024-2025 season) that the N.7 could activate or not. On Monday, the player informed in an email of his decision to give up this option.
That Mbappé has not waited for the deadline, set at July 31, can be interpreted as a firm and definitive choice, on which there will be no turning back. But it could also be a fight to achieve new sports guarantees and/or higher salaries. People within the club trust that hypothesis.
Sale or a free march?
The same Monday night, the PSG management leaked their anger after the disclosure in the press of the email from Mbappé that they had just received. Immediately the club transferred a message: “the institution” PSG, attacked, will not be manipulated by a player, even if he is the most emblematic of the squad.
The position of the Parisian team was disclosed in the media like wildfire. The club refuses to let Mbappé go free in the summer of 2024, which leaves the options in a negotiation for an eventual renewal or in a sale to the highest bidder this summer.
The striker made it known in a statement transmitted to AFP on Tuesday that he had never discussed an extension with the French club, recalling that he had “he has publicly stated in recent weeks that he will be a Parisian next season”and “He did not ask for his departure this summer, but simply confirmed to the club that his extra year was not activated.”
How much does Mbappe cost?
Arriving in Paris in August 2017 through a transfer that included a purchase option of 180 million euros, exercised by PSG in the following season, Mbappé, world champion in 2018 and planetary star, continues to be one of the most valued players in the transfer market due to his sports performance and his age (24 years).
According to various media, Real Madrid would have offered 200 million euros to take over his services before his last year of contract in 2021.
According to the Transfermarkt portal, a reference in terms of the ‘market’, the current value of the player would be 180 million euros (out of 195 million dollars), while the CIES (International Center for Sports Studies) football observatory in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) he values it at 160 million euros. Mbappé only occupies 10th place in a classification dominated by the Norwegian Erling Haaland (245.1 million euros) ahead of the Brazilian from Real Madrid Vinicius (196.3 million euros) and the English winger from Arsenal Bukayo Saka (195.8 millions of euros).
But that delayed position is explained above all by the fact that Mbappé only has one year left on his contract. In any case, it seems unlikely that PSG will let him get away for less than what they paid for him.
What clubs are willing to sign him?
The first destination that comes to the fan’s mind is undoubtedly Real Madrid. The Spanish club, which Mbappé has dreamed of since he was a child, has tried on several occasions to sign the captain of the French team, so far without success.
Although the disappointment was great after the player’s decision to renew his contract with PSG last year despite a long courtship, Real Madrid have not given up hope of getting him back.
Asked on Saturday in the street by a fan to find out if he would sign Mbappé, the white president Florentino Pérez replied: “Yes, but not this year”. A statement with an immense echo in social networks.
Karim Benzema’s march to Saudi Arabia adds a dose of urgency at the club ‘Meringue’. The Spanish sports press opens this Tuesday with the image of the Frenchman on the cover. “It’s back in range”titled Brand.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid would have enough financial muscle to take over the Frenchman after having spent more than 100 million euros on the Englishman Jude Bellingham (19 years old). In addition to Madrid, English clubs also have the means to jump into the race.
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