Despite earlier evidence that Paris Saint-Germain were out on the Kylian Mbappe sweepstakes, new reports claim that the French club laid down a ludicrous offer for the star forward — and put a halt to transfer talks with Real Madrid.
Friday morning, a report from known FIFA insider Fabrizio Romano emerged on Twitter, stating that Mbappe had asked Madrid for a “bit more time to reflect.” Prior to the request, Real Madrid were anticipating final word on the transfer as early as last Tuesday. Romano reports that the extended delay comes from an improvement in PSG’s offer.
Real Madrid hoped to get the green light from Kylian Mbappé as early as last Tuesday… but he asked for "bit more time to reflect". ⭐️ #Mbappé
Paris Saint-Germain have been improving their bid in the last 15 days, pushing until the end.
Mbappé's camp: new internal talks today. pic.twitter.com/Ee7YKcI144
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 20, 2022
The details of that improved bid were made public by Eurosport just a few hours later: 100 million euros per year with a 300M signing bonus. Those numbers make Mbappe’s potential contract one of the most lucrative in the sport’s history. Yet, it is a small price to pay for Paris Saint-Germain to retain one of soccer’s brightest stars.
Since joining PSG in the 2017 season, the 23-year-old frenchman has led Ligue 1 in goals, secured three league titles and was awarded the Kopa trophy in 2018 for the world’s best player under 21. He is widely considered to be one of the most talented young players in soccer at the moment.
Despite the success, the French club has yet to grasp the elusive UEFA Champions League trophy. Even alongside superstar teammates such as Lionel Messi and Neymar, Mbappe and PSG have only reached the final once in Mbappe’s tenure.
Regardless, Mbappe is a key factor in maintaining the club’s relevancy on the world stage, and it seems that PSG will remain aggressive in retaining its young star.