PSG’s front three
For different reasons, all of the focus has been on Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi this summer.
Messi joined PSG after Barcelona failed to renew his contract due to financial constraints, taking up the no.30 shirt after an emotion-filled final few days in Catalonia.
Lionel Messi’s debut for PSG became the most-viewed Ligue 1 match in Spanish history with an audience totaling 6,734,000 viewers 🤯
Pique bought the TV rights to Ligue 1 in Spain through his company Kosmos Holding last week. pic.twitter.com/9sr3DvZD0Z
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe has made little secret of his desire to join Real Madrid in the future and, with just 12 months remaining on his current deal in Paris, was the subject of two massive bids from the Spanish outfit ahead of the transfer deadline.
Real Madrid have submitted a new official bid today morning for Kylian Mbappé. €200m on the table as @jpedrerol & @jfelixdiaz reported. It’s €200m guaranteed for PSG. NO answer, so NO intention to sell. 🚫🇫🇷 #Mbappé #RealMadrid
Nasser Al-Khelaifi wanted to keep the player. 🔒 pic.twitter.com/hdn3zfcoaE
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Having rejected such high bids, it seems likely that Mbappe will leave on a free transfer next summer, although PSG will be desperately trying to change that.
However, Mbappe staying and Messi joining means that the pair, with fellow superstar Neymar, could well form the best attacking trio in footballing history.
Neymar’s odd clause
With the hullaballoo that surrounded Mbappe this summer, it is easy to forget that Neymar also penned a new deal in France earlier this year. The salary is expected to be hefty, but what is perhaps surprising is an odd clause that has been inserted into the deal.
As per Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo, Neymar receives 500,000 euros per month as an “ethical bonus”, which requires him to be “prompt, kind, and available to the fans.”
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) September 5, 2021
In addition, they add, this clause prevents the Brazilian from publically criticising the style of play, team selection, or club tactics.
One to keep an eye on if relations with manager Mauricio Pochettino ever go sour.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.