Word stemming from the French media on Thursday points towards a major turning point in the future of Kylian Mbappe.
Attacking sensation Mbappe, of course, has long been expected to call time on his stint with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, to link up with La Liga champions Real Madrid as part of a big-money free agent agreement.
Such a move would see the Frenchman join forces with fellow countryman Karim Benzema, and Blancos wing wizard Vinicius Junior, to form potentially the most lethal front-three in world football.
Late on Thursday, however, those in a position of power at PSG are understood to have thrown a spanner in the works of such plans…
As per a report from Le Parisien, regarded as reliable when it comes to all things PSG, Mbappe is mere formalities away from agreeing to a short-term contract extension at the Parc des Princes.
This comes after the board in the French capital committed to the terms of a frankly eye-watering financial agreement.
Mbappe, it is understood, is primed to put pen to paper on a contract worth €50 million-per-year net, followed by the option for a further year. Not only that, but the 23-year-old will also take home a €100 million signing bonus as part of the deal.
PSG ownership in Doha believes it’s purely a question of formalities to conclude the 2-year extension of Kylian Mbappé (23) – he will receive a €100m signing bonus & earn €50m a year net, per Le Parisien. https://t.co/L21jNNVYpk
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 5, 2022
*Update* – Mbappe’s mother has since moved to firmly deny the existence of any such agreement between her son and PSG.
Official statement from Kylian Mbappé’s mother 🚨 #Mbappé
“There’s NO agreement in principle with Paris Saint-Germain or any other club. Discussions around Kylian’s future continue in great serenity to allow him to make the best choice, in the respect of all the parties”. pic.twitter.com/Xh1J62Y23G
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 5, 2022
City sent packing
Rumours pointing towards Mbappe opting to stay put in Paris of course round out what has proven something a chaotic 24 hours at Real Madrid.
This comes with Carlo Ancelotti’s troops, late on Wednesday night, having completed yet another remarkable turnaround on the continent, to book their spot in the finale of the Champions League.
Trailing Manchester City by two goals as proceedings rolled into injury time in the 2nd leg of the semi-final tie between the clubs, Los Blancos broke City hearts courtesy of a last-gasp Rodrygo double, before Karim Benzema’s extra-time spot-kick proved enough to clinch yet another showpiece berth for the Spanish heavyweights later this month.
OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW!!!!!
Rodrygo bags his second goal in a matter of minutes!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022
This article was edited by Josh Barker.