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Real Madrid end pursuit of PSG star Kylian Mbappe

PSG, Kylian Mbappe, Florentino Perez, Real Madrid

Real Madrid has thrown in the towel in their pursuit of PSG star Kylian Mbappe. Well, at least for the time being. Per Sky Sports, the club had given the French giants a 5 PM UK deadline to respond to their improved bid of €170 million, but Paris ignored it after making it clear they wanted €200 million.

With that being said, Los Blancos will now aim to secure the signature of Mbappe in January on a pre-contract agreement ahead of next summer when the youngster becomes a free agent. The PSG hitman proved his worth to the side on Sunday, scoring a brace in their 2-0 win over Reims.

Real Madrid is still the clear frontrunners to land the France international, who has refused to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes because of his desire to move on. However, with under 48 hours remaining in the transfer window, it looks as Mbappe will be looking to win some trophies at PSG in 2021/22 before jetting for the Spanish capital.

There has been serious animosity between the two clubs though, with Paris Sporting Director Leonardo slamming Real Madrid President Florentino Perez for how his club went about contacting Kylian Mbappe. Frankly, it’s surprising that PSG didn’t accept the massive amount of money that Madrid offered, but they clearly believe their prized possession is worth more than that.

It’s not exactly a huge blow to Mbappe’s aspirations, anyway. He’s a key piece of a Paris squad who are absolutely stacked, with Lionel Messi joining earlier this month. He will now have the chance to finish off his PSG career with a bang before he likely heads to Real Madrid in 2022.