Paris Saint-Germain rejected Real Madrid’s opening €160-million bid for Kylian Mbappe, but the French club are willing to sell the 22-year-old for €210 million.
PSG are planning to use some of the money to sign Paul Pogba, while Manchester City have turned their attention from Harry Kane to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Southgate prepares to name his England squad for September’s qualifiers.
Real Madrid are determined to sign Paris Saint-German forward Kylian Mbappe before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Los Blancos had an initial bid worth €160 million rejected by the Parisians on Tuesday evening, but Real are ready to return with an improved bid.
The Telegraph report that PSG would be willing to sell the World Cup winner for €210 million, despite Mbappe’s contract rapidly approaching its expiry date next summer.
The 22-year-old has told club officials that he wants to leave the French capital, but PSG are holding out for a higher fee due to a sell-on clause agreed with Monaco upon his arrival in 2018.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 25, 2021
It was believed Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain was going to be the biggest transfer of the summer. Going into this transfer window with one year left on his contract and rumours of failed extension talks with PSG always meant there was a risk that Mbappe could leave this summer.
Real Madrid is the youngster’s ‘dream’ destination, but it was just about whether they could meet the asking price. PSG are playing with fire by asking for so much money.
There’s a huge risk that Real Madrid could just wait until next summer and then Mbappe would walk away from the French capital for free.
Paris Saint-Germain are meanwhile weighing up a late bid for Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window. The Star reveal that PSG will attempt to lure the Manchester United midfielder to the French capital if Kylian Mbappe is sold to Real Madrid.
The Ligue 1 club will look to reinvest some of the €210 million transfer fee straight away and will try to negotiate a cut-price fee for Pogba, whose current contract at Old Trafford is set to expire next summer.
The 28-year-old has already rejected a two-year contract extension at Manchester United, which would have seen him become the highest-paid player in the Premier League club’s history.