Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has told the French giants that he wants to leave the club this summer after a £160 million bid was received from Real Madrid, according to a report from talkSPORT.
The 22-year-old forward has entered the final year of his contract and rebuffed any attempt from the Ligue 1 club to negotiate an extension to his time in Paris.
Rather than lose one of their biggest assets on a free transfer next summer, PSG have seemingly decided to cash in on Mbappe in the current transfer window.
The player himself has made no secret in recent months of his desire to join Los Blancos – and it was widely predicted that he would join Carlo Ancelotti’s men on a free transfer at the end of this current campaign.
Not even the lure of playing alongside recent signing Lionel Messi has been enough the persuade the sure-fire future Ballon d’Or winner to remain in Paris.
Real’s eye-watering offer has been described as an ‘opening bid’ – and it seems likely that PSG will recoup the €180m that they paid Monaco for his services in 2018.
In his time at Le Parc des Princes, Mbappe has scored an incredible 133 goals in 173 games. That kind of ratio is exactly what Real require if they are to be contenders on both domestic and European fronts this season. By all accounts, they are now about to dig deep into their coffers to secure it.
If it does pan out, the move would also be a much-needed boost for the Spanish top-flight, recently rocked by Messi’s shock departure from Barcelona.
Mbappe may not be able to match the sparkling resumes of the likes of Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo yet, but he hasn’t made a bad start in his young career – already boasting 12 trophies to his name.
Among them, of course, is the 2018 World Cup with France, an accolade that neither of the two modern-day icons mentioned above have ever managed to capture.
Make no mistake, £160m is a staggering sum. However, the 13-times European champions can be sure that they will be getting one of the very best on the planet for their cash.
Given Mbappe’s age and his outrageous level of ability, it’s hard to argue that Real’s hefty bid isn’t entirely justified.
A fascinating few days lie ahead before the summer transfer window closes next week.
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