Real Madrid are set to prepare a second bid for Kylian Mbappe with Paris Saint-Germain set to decline the club’s opening offer for the forward.
PSG are set to reject an opening bid of €160m (£137m) from the Spanish giants for Mbappe, who has turned down the opportunity to extend his contract with the Ligue 1 side and will become a free agent next summer.
Real Madrid have held a long-standing interest in signing the France international with the pursuit of Mbappe described by The Athletic as an ‘obsession’ for president Florentino Perez, who has made his move early in a bid to avoid potential competition from the Premier League in 2022.
Mbappe has made no secret of his admiration for the Spanish giants and is believed to be ‘charmed’ by the prospect of assuming the ‘responsibility associated with being the main man at Madrid’.
PSG had hoped the club’s summer transfer business – including the arrival of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi at the Parc des Princes – could persuade Mbappe to remain at the club, though the 22-year-old has rejected several new proposals over a new deal.
Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid would represent a curious step in the player’s career, with his suitors in a stage of transition in comparison to PSG, who have assembled one of the most talented squads in European football.
Despite the financial implications of the pandemic on Spanish football and the capital club, Los Blancos have been relatively quiet in recent transfer windows as Real seek a statement signing to breathe new life into their project.
Last summer saw the departures of Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Reguilon for a combined sum of around £60m, whilst Martin Odegaard and Raphael Varane have departed for significant fees during the current window.
High earners like James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos have also been removed from the wage bill, with the coming days set to represent a ‘tug-of-war’ as PSG face the dilemma of whether to cash in on arguably world football’s most valuable asset.