The €180m striker
Paris Saint-Germain’s summer transfer window isn’t entirely going to plan. Shortly after losing Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, the Ligue 1 giants may now be forced into selling fellow star striker Kylian Mbappé, if the player’s demands are to be met. Following reports that the striker had written to the club confirming his intention of leaving in 2024, Mbappé then told French news agency AFP that the Ligue 1 giants had known since last summer that he had never intended on staying beyond next season’s summer transfer window.
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Kylian Mbappé has confirmed that he has had any intention of staying at PSG beyond 2024
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Indeed, on Monday the internet was awash with stunning new revelations which detailed the mayhem that was going on behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes. Apparently, the contract extension that Mbappé signed back in 2022 was a two-year deal rather than a three-year deal, with the young striker instead holding the option to stay for the third and final year. Mbappé has apparently decided to not trigger that clause and as such would be allowed to leave the club for free next summer. Or, which now seems far more likely, for a record transfer fee this summer.
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Chelsea, Real Madrid or Bayern? The clubs that may sign Mbappé
So, should PSG accept Mbappé’s demands and sell the player this summer, where would the French striker end up? With a market value of €180 million, the 24-year-old striker is the most valuable player in the world. And while his contract may be set to expire in little more than 12 months time, there’s no doubt that the French club would demand a fee in line with that market value if he was to be sold in the coming months. So who could afford the most valuable player in the world?
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Very few clubs, it would seem. Immediately after the original stories broke, reports in Germany quickly dismissed any idea that Bayern Munich may look to pounce on Mbappé’s desires to leave Ligue 1. According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, the Bundesliga giants simply couldn’t afford the huge transfer and wage demands that would come with signing Mbappé. But it seems as though some clubs could. According to the Times, both Manchester City and Chelsea registered an interest in the forward last year, but the former have since signed Erling Haaland. As such, that leaves the Stamford Bridge side as the sole English interested party and could be tempted to go all in on Mbappé, considering their lack of forward options ahead of the new season.
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However, the leading favourites to sign Mbappé are undoubtedly Real Madrid, who tried to buy the player shortly before he signed his last contract extension with PSG. The Spanish club will undoubtedly be encouraged by the striker’s demands to make a move and few can offer Mbappé a starring role and a route to the Champions League each season quite like Los Blancos. Some may question whether Madrid have the financial muscle to pull off a move for Mbappé this summer, following the €103m signing of Jude Bellingham. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that over the last five seasons, Madrid’s net spend stands at just €163m. Which places them 19th, behind clubs like Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Southampton. Which some would suggest is due to the club saving their money for the right moment to try and go all in on Mbappé. Whether they can or will this summer remains to be seen.