How Real Madrid hope to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer
Real Madrid remain keen to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe this summer, but their plan rests on the 22-year-old World Cup winner continuing to delay any decisions on his future until at the end of the season.
Mbappe has averaged nearly one goal per game in Ligue 1 since his permanent € 180million transfer to PSG in 2018 and is widely recognized as one of the players most likely to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best in the world for years to come. .
The Frenchman has long been wanted by Real Madrid and his future at PSG is becoming increasingly uncertain due to his expiring contract, which now has less than 18 months to run. This situation alone explains why its transfer value has started to drop.
According to AS, Real has put everything in place to launch “Operation Mbappe”, that old cliché of Spanish gossip about transfers.
The first thing Los Blancos need is for Mbappe not to pledge his future at PSG by continuing to delay signing the offer on the table for the champions France. Signing this deal would see its value skyrocket, but as it stands, PSG are at a disadvantage due to the threat of free agency in 2022.
Offset the cost
AS explains that despite a hard blow following the coronavirus pandemic, Real has put in place a financial plan to land Mbappe. It depends on raising 100-150 million euros by selling companies like Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Isco, Luka Jovic, Brahim Diaz and Dani Ceballos. The rest of the money needed would then be financed by a loan, with the banks seemingly happy to play the ball.
Due to the reduction of several higher payrolls and the hope that next season’s earnings will increase if fans can return to the Bernabeu, it is also said that Mbappe’s expected take-home pay demands of 21 million euros per season would not be a problem.
It seems to have been made clear that attempts by Real to sign Mbappe must be exempt from any future efforts to negotiate salary cuts for the players. Los Blancos are betting, perhaps literally in that sense, that they don’t have to go down that route in the hope that normalcy returns next season.
Balancing the books at PSG
A separate AS report claims the chances of Mbappe leaving PSG could be boosted by new coach Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in bringing Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to the Parc des Princes.
PSG have been affected by the pandemic like all other clubs and signing both Messi and Aguero without any sort of concession like selling Mbappe or Neymar would be financially impossible.
That Mbappe has resisted a new contract, even if it should be noted that Neymar is also expected to be out of contract in 2022, is positioned as a “starting ramp” for PSG to balance the books.
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