Kylian Mbappe’s future looks set to be one of the dominant stories of the summer transfer window, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar yet to commit to a new deal with the French champions.
Mbappe will have just a year remaining on his current contract at the end of the season and leaves PSG with a huge decision to make. Do the Parisians cash in on arguably the most valuable asset in world football or risk losing the 22-year-old on a free transfer in 2022?
Should the France international fail to sign a new deal there are only a handful of clubs capable of attracting – and affording – a player who has become a genuine star of the game, Mbappe’s stunning hat-trick at Barcelona last week a reminder of his irresistible talent.
So for those of you interested in the best betting offers like the William Hill Promotional Code, here are the favourites to sign Kylian Mbappe:
Barcelona – 20/1
Barcelona are regarded as 20/1 outsiders to secure the signing of the forward, given the club’s precarious financial situation with the Catalan’s debt exceeding an astonishing £1.1bn in the latest financial figures.
The incredible mismanagement by the club’s hierarchy makes a deal for Mbappe – who is reported to have had a €200m valuation placed on his shoulders by Paris Saint-Germain – appear hugely unlikely even in the event a huge portion of wages is freed up by the departure of Lionel Messi.
Messi is out-of-contract at the end of the season and after informing the club of a desire to leave last summer appears increasingly likely to call time on his Barcelona career, the Spanish side’s humiliation at the hands of PSG in the Champions League last week the clearest indication yet that Ronald Koeman’s side have fallen a huge way behind Europe’s elite.
Barcelona have previously expressed an interest in re-signing Neymar from PSG and talks over a potential deal involving players in exchange has been mooted, the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Samuel Umtiti amongst those linked with heading in the opposite direction.
It would appear a similar deal would have to take place if Barcelona were to find any way to structure a deal for the 22-year-old, though the chances of Mbappe heading to the Camp Nou appear remote at best.
Manchester City – 16/1
Manchester City’s financial strength makes the Premier League side one of the few in world football capable of affording what would almost certainly represent a record-breaking fee, though talk of a transfer has been limited despite the impending need for a new centre-forward at the Etihad.
Sergio Aguero has entered the final months of his contract with the club and is expected to leave at the end of the current campaign, the Argentine having made just three starts in all competitions this season amid injury and illness issues.
Replacing Aguero – who has scored a record 256 goals in 379 appearances for City – will be no easy task and Mbappe is one of the few players in world football capable of filling the void.
However, City’s focus – at least in public perception – appears to be elsewhere with Pep Guardiola’s side understood to hold an interest in signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona this summer and tentative speculation surrounding Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Liverpool – 8/1
Ranked as the second favourites to sign Kylian Mbappe are Liverpool, with speculation surrounding a mega-money move to Merseyside rarely far away in recent months.
Mbappe’s scintillating speed and exciting style would make him tailor-made for the style of the Premier League champions, who have seen their fabled front three struggle this season to repeat their explosive performances of previous campaigns.
Any deal would represent a shift away in strategy from owners Fenway Sports Group who have been modest spenders in recent windows and operate well within the club’s means, their £110m net spend over the past five years the lowest of any side in the Premier League’s ‘big six’ and less than clubs including Sheffield United and Fulham.
Any deal for Mbappe would obliterate the £75m club-record fee that saw Virgil van Dijk arrive from Southampton in 2018 and would represent a huge statement of intent from the club’s owners following a difficult Premier League title defence.
The France international would provide a world-class addition to their attacking options and provides the American owners with a marketing dream, the partnership between Mbappe, sponsors Nike and Liverpool potentially once that could prove hugely lucrative.
Real Madrid – 6/1
Mbappe has made no secret of his long-held desire to represent Real Madrid having grown up in the French capital idolising Cristiano Ronaldo, though what would once appear a straightforward move has been complicated given the huge finances involved.
Real’s finances, whilst not quite at the same concerning level as rivals Barcelona, are not in a strong situation and the Spanish champion’s ability to finance a deal for Mbappe is in serious doubt.
There is, however, a desire to get a deal done and Real are aware they need to breathe new life into a faltering project at the Bernabeu, the club often reliant on a 33-year-old Karim Benzema with Los Blancos yet to find true direction in the post-Ronaldo era.
Eden Hazard’s signing has been disappointing with the winger having struggled with form and fitness and the signing of Mbappe would provide European football’s most successful side with a superstar spearhead for the next decade.
Real are anticipating a decrease in income of around €300m as a result of the pandemic and may need to use players in part exchange, previous transfer discussions having reportedly seen PSG make their interest known in a number of names, including Vinicius Junior, Raphael Varane and Casemiro.