Real Madrid is said to have made a formal bid of €160 million (£137 million) for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. However, PSG is said to have quickly rejected that opening bid, with Real Madrid now expected to counter with a better second offer. As talks with PSG over a new contract failed to make significant progress, speculation about the 22-year-old’s future grew throughout the summer.
PSG is keen to avoid losing the world’s second-most expensive player for nothing, and after seeing him reject their most recent contract offer, they are becoming more open to offers. Real Madrid has long been a fan of Mbappe, and according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the club has now made an official bid of £137 million for the France international.
Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday rejected an offer from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe, with sporting director Leonardo saying an offer of around €160 million is not “enough” for the player they wanted to “keep”. The Brazilian told some media, including AFP, “Our position has always been for Kylian to renew his contract.”
PSG paid €180m for the striker to Monaco in 2017 and is looking forward to signing a new deal. Mbappe has now entered the final year of his current contract, and if he does not leave the French capital this summer, he will be able to negotiate terms for a free transfer away from the club in January.
He described the Spanish club’s approach to the French World Cup winner as “disgraceful, wrong and illegal”. Leonardo said the Parisian club would not cling to Mbappe against his will, but that the player “will leave or remain in our circumstances”. The sports director added, “If a player wants to leave, he will leave. The club, the project, is at the top. I did everything to persuade him to stay.”