As the summer transfer window approaches, a storm brews between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Real Madrid, centred around the star striker, Kylian Mbappé. The French footballer publicly disputes claims about his departure from PSG to join the Spanish giant, sparking a standoff between him and the PSG management.
Controversial Claims and Reactions
Mbappé’s contract with PSG expires in 2024, and he has made it clear he has no intention of renewing it. He issued a direct challenge to the PSG hierarchy by announcing that he will remain with the club for the upcoming season. He denied claims that he intended to join Real Madrid right away, calling them “lies.” Despite Mbappé’s determination to remain at PSG, this public declaration has set the scenario for a lengthy summer standoff.
According to reports, Madrid was planning to make a bid for Mbappé in 2024, following the departure of Karim Benzema, but might now move sooner if the Frenchman is put up for sale. Despite Madrid’s €200 million unsuccessful bids in 2021 and 2022, they remain optimistic that the sale will be completed.
A Season in Paris or a Summer in Madrid?
Mbappé allegedly informed PSG in writing that he will not extend his contract beyond 2024, something he claims he told the club as early as July 2022. This move puts PSG in a tricky situation, since they might lose the French star for free in a year. The club is reportedly said to be considering a sale this summer.
The PSG hierarchy is reportedly prepared to consider offers around €150 million to avoid losing him without any return. However, the player has made it clear he will not be forced into an unwanted move. Despite reports that he wants to join Real Madrid right away, Mbappé turned to Twitter to proclaim his commitment to stay at PSG for another season.
Madrid’s Transfer Dilemma
With Benzema’s recent departure to Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid is in desperate need of a centre-forward. While Tottenham’s Harry Kane was considered a potential successor to Benzema, the club is concerned about paying a big transfer fee for the soon-to-be 30-year-old striker. Despite the complexities of the negotiations with PSG, it puts Madrid on high alert for a potential Mbappé trade.
While Mbappé’s future remains uncertain, the standoff between PSG and Real Madrid provides an exciting prologue to the current transfer season. Will Mbappé stay in Paris as he claims, or will the allure of Real Madrid be too strong? The summer window holds the answers.