How much did PSG buy Mbappe for?
PSG bought Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros, while they will have to pay 35 million euros to the Monegasque club if he is sold. MARCA.comAfter Leonardo's interview... How much do PSG want for Mbappe?
31 August, 2021 - 10:40pm
31 August, 2021 - 08:18pm
Paris Saint-Germain isn't going to let go of superstar Kylian Mbappe this summer. And it may cost it an astonishing amount of money.
Facing the prospect of losing Mbappe on a free transfer next year, the Parisian giants reportedly didn't respond to Real Madrid's latest bid for the player of €200 million ($236.1 million), according to ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.
So why would PSG risk letting Mbappe sign with Real Madrid on a pre-contract agreement in January—the club he grew up supporting—without getting anything in return?
One reason is that PSG is attempting to win its first Champions League title in club history this year, and keeping Mbappe—alongside Lionel Messi, Neymar and a ridiculously stacked roster behind them—makes that pursuit more feasible.
Even if it pulls off that feat, however, it will have a $236 million price tag.
Another reason is that the Qatar Sports Investments ownership group may simply not care that much about the money. When you've already pumped over a billion dollars into the club since 2011, what's another quarter billion dollars for the sake of potential European glory?
Of course, PSG may feel that keeping Mbappe in Paris gives them one last chance to convince him to stay. Perhaps he will enjoy his football with Messi. Perhaps leaving his home—he grew up in the Parisian suburb of Bondy—will be harder than expected with more time for reflection.
Keeping him in the face of a $236.1 million offer, when all reports indicate he would like to join Real Madrid, is a tough impasse to cross. He may not soon forget what he reportedly feels is a betrayal. And the clock is ticking to soothe over those feelings—he can sign a pre-contract agreement with Real in January to join on a free transfer next summer.
It's shocking to consider that arguably the most talented young footballer in the world might leave on a free. PSG has taken the ultimate gamble in its quest for the ultimate prize. The potential for the gambit to fail spectacularly is unprecedentedly high.
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31 August, 2021 - 02:35pm
When you add Brazilian superstar Neymar into that mix, the Parisian giants have a mouth-watering attack at their disposal. Few, though, expected Mbappe to still be a PSG player after the summer transfer window closed.
For months, Real Madrid have made it clear that Mbappe was their number one target in terms of recruitment. Similarly, the 22-year-old French superstar has made no secret of his desire to play at the Bernabeu.
With Mbappe having just a year left on his PSG deal - and with Los Blancos seemingly willing to dig very deep to get their man - it seemed inevitable that the 2018 World Cup winner would be playing his football in Madrid for the remainder of the season.
The player himself remains adamant that he won't be signing a new deal in Paris, meaning that the club will lose him for nothing in less than 12 months. Surely, PSG would rather get a nine-figure transfer fee for one of their prized assets than let him walk away on a free?
However, according to a tweet from Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports, that is exactly what Mauricio Pochettino's side are set to do.
According to the report, Real were willing to come within a whisker of the €222 million world-record transfer fee that PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar back in August 2017, by offering a massive €220m for Mbappe's services.
31 August, 2021 - 01:21pm
Pedrerol also mentioned that Mbappe is “devastated” and that Real Madrid will start working on his future contract, which he will be free to sign in January 1st, 2022, six months before his current deal with PSG expires.
Real Madrid have tried their best to sign Mbappe this summer as they believed a player of his caliber was worth the effort. However, PSG were never forced to sell because of their immense budget and ultimately decided to keep the player around and risk losing him for free in less than a year.
Unless some kind of miracle happens, the Mbappe transfer saga has ended.