The latest word stemming from the media on Monday evening suggests that Real Madrid have come to a definitive decision on the club’s much talked about move for Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe wants out
Recent days have of course seen speculation surrounding the future of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe ramp up in a major way.
The French international, who endured a tournament to forget at Euro 2020 this summer, has made crystal clear his desire to leave the Parc des Princes behind before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow night.
When drawn on the future of one of world football’s most sought after young talents last Wednesday, PSG sporting director Leonardo explained:
‘Kylian Mbappé wants to leave, that seems clear.’
In turn, with just a year remaining on his contract with the club, the board in the French capital have been left with little choice but to take a sale into consideration.
La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid, meanwhile, have long been the club most hotly tipped as a potential landing spot for Mbappe.
Los Blancos have been hot on the trail of the former Monaco man for some time now, with Florentino Perez evidently keen to make up for the high-profile departures of both Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane this summer.
Blancos bail out
In turn, it did not come as a huge surprise when word began to do the rounds late last week that a mammoth offer for Mbappe’s services had finally been tabled.
The bid in question is understood to have come in at €170 million, plus a further 10 million in bonuses:
Real Madrid sources feeling is that it will be the final bid. Mbappé only wants Real Madrid, now or next summer. pic.twitter.com/xRhVUsYDlt
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2021
Ensuing updates in the Spanish media then pointed towards a deal between Real and PSG being all but sewn up, with some outlets having even gone as far as to point towards a weekend arrival at the Bernabeu:
🚨🐢 IT’S HAPPENING.
Kylian Mbappe is close to joining Real Madrid.https://t.co/EusQLZ3mbE
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) August 26, 2021
— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) August 26, 2021
Such a development, however, evidently was not forthcoming.
Mbappe, for his part, subsequently went on to notch a match-winning brace in PSG’s 2-0 downing of Reims on Sunday night.
And, as outlined above, the unwavering stance on the part of the board at the Parc des Princes has, on Monday, seemingly forced the hand of their counterparts in the Spanish capital.
As per Sky Sports, Real Madrid have this evening pulled the plug on their efforts to land the French international this summer.
Instead, Florentino Perez and co. will turn their attentions towards the January window, at which point Los Blancos are ‘very confident’ that Mbappe will put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement with the club:
Real Madrid are walking away from trying to sign Kylian Mbappe.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 30, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.