The coronavirus pandemic has led Real Madrid to delay an approach to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe until 2021, it’s been reported.
Spanish publication AS says a Madrid move for Mbappe has been planned for five years, but the financial impact of the coronavirus means Los Blancos will instead wait another 12 months.
It’s noted that the key factor is Mbappe’s PSG contract, which is due to expire in 2022. If the France international doesn’t renew his deal with the club then 2021 will be the last chance PSG will have to sell the forward and receive a significant fee in return. Mbappe would be able to leave on a free transfer – and ask for a hefty weekly wage from his new club – when his contract expires.
AS speculate that Mbappe’s asking price had the coronavirus pandemic not taken hold would have been in the region of €300m, but with a further 12 months elapsed on his contract, that figure is cut in half. It’s also reported by AS that PSG and Madrid have a positive relationship at boardroom level, which could help push the transfer through.
Mbappe moved to PSG from Monaco, initially on loan, in 2017. He scored 21 goals in 44 games in 2017-18, and completed a permanent move to the capital club at the end of the season. He’s gone on to score a total 90 goals in 120 appearances for PSG, winning Ligue 1 on two occasions, as well as a handful of cup competitions. Mbappe was also part of the Monaco side that won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title.
A World Cup winner with France in 2018, Mbappe made his international debut in 2017. To date he has claimed 34 caps and scored 13 times, including four goals at the World Cup in Russia. Mbappe netted against Peru, twice against Argentina and in the final 4-2 victory over Croatia.
It has previously been reported by AS that Mbappe had an agreement to join Madrid from Monaco in 2017, for a fee of €214m, but the Spanish club baulked at Mbappe’s wages. The forward was allegedly asking for €12m a year after tax, putting him just behind the club’s top earners. Mbappe eventually joined PSG for €180m.