Kylian Mbappe’s future has dominated the headlines across the last 18 months, with the speculation only set to mount up as the forward approaches the end of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
Mbappe’s current deal expires at the end of the season, alerting Europe’s elite with arguably the world’s finest talent available for nothing in six month’s time.
PSG will be desperate to retain the services of their record goalscorer, who has hit 237 goals in 284 games since joining the club from AS Monaco. However, time is running out to agree a new contract and we’ve looked at the clubs who could sign the France captain in the coming months.
Newcastle – 11/1
Newcastle are ranked as outsiders to land Mbappe in the summer, in what would represent a staggering coup for the Magpies.
Eddie Howe’s side have made fine progress since the club’s Saudi-backed takeover, securing a place in the Champions League for the first time since 2002/03. However, FFP rules mean Newcastle have not quite been the spending force anticipated and a move for Mbappe appears far-fetched for a team currently ninth in the Premier League tabe.
Antoine Griezmann tells Kylian Mbappé that he bought him for €134m on Football Manager as Newcastle United.
Kylian Mbappé 🗣: “Where? It is not very warm there eh.” 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/ZWj4nnpa6H
— Out of Context Football Manager (@nocontextfm1) June 7, 2021
Manchester United – 8/1
Manchester United are another team facing an uphill battle for Champions League football, perhaps a necessity to land Mbappe next summer.
The Red Devils have gone more than a decade without winning the Premier League title, and the arrival of the France captain would represent a seismic statement of intent. Sir Jim Ratcliffe recently completed his minority acquisition of the club, purchasing a 25% stake from the Glazer family.
The British billionaire’s involvement could free up funds for marquee additions, as Erik ten Hag looks to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.
Stay at Paris Saint-Germain – 3/1
Paris Saint-Germain have not ruled out Mbappe re-committing his future to the club, having done a U-turn on his decision to leave for Real Madrid in 2022.
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi this week insisted that Mbappe is ‘happy’ at the club, despite approaching the end of his contract at the Parc des Princes.
“I see Kylian very happy now. I’ve never seen Mbappé being that happy,” Al Khelaifi told Le Parisien.
“I’m confident on Mbappé situation as he’s French and he’s in Paris, captain of the national team, PSG vice captain, playing for a top club. I trust Kylian Mbappé and I want to protect him.
“He’s a good guy and he won’t do anything negative against the club”.
PSG will need to prove that the club is capable of challenging for an elusive Champions League crown to persuade Mbappe to remain in the French capital. The Ligue 1 champions, unconvincing in the group stage, face Real Sociedad in the last 16.
Liverpool – 2/1
Liverpool are deemed the likeliest Premier League club to sign Mbappe this summer.
Respected journalist and PSG fan Julien Laurens last week said Liverpool are a team Mbappe ‘really, really likes’, though it remains to see whether the Reds could commit to the funds – and potential baggage – involved in signing the Frenchman.
“I really believe him when he says he hasn’t decided yet,” Laurens told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“If he wants to stay a little bit longer or go somewhere else in the summer else as a free agent, Madrid very likely, Liverpool, less likely but, that’s another team he really, really likes.”
Mbappe’s arrival would blow apart the wage structure at Anfield, but could a compromise be made for such a generational talent? As Saudi sides continue to eye a move for Mohamed Salah, Mbappe, in terms of ability, would be a dream replacement for Jurgen Klopp.
Kylian Mbappé opens his 2024 goal account 🇫🇷💥 pic.twitter.com/WEWHcphOoN
— Ligue 1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) January 3, 2024
Real Madrid – 4/5
Real Madrid are long-term suitors of Mbappe, having tried and failed to lure the striker to Spain on several occasions.
The Spaniards remain scarred from Mbappe’s U-turn on joining the club in 2022, but remain interested in signing the 25-year-old again this summer. Mbappe is viewed as the superstar signing that can take Madrid’s youthful side up a level, with the prospect of the Frenchman forming an understanding with Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior a salivating one for Los Blancos.
The La Liga side, after several failures in recent windows, will believe now is the time to land their long-term target.
Real Madrid are a side who, with an unashamed sense of entitlement, believe the best belong to them. There are few, if any, better than Mbappe right now.