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Doubts Arise in Kylian Mbappe’s Camp Regarding Real Madrid Offer as PSG Keeps Watch

Kylian Mbappe, the talented forward currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), finds himself at a crossroads as he weighs the decision of whether to remain with his current club or make a move to Real Madrid, which has been courting him for some time now.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – RC Strasbourg v Paris St Germain – Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, France – May 27, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Recent reports indicate that Mbappe seemed inclined towards accepting Real Madrid’s offer. However, uncertainties have emerged within Mbappe’s inner circle regarding the terms presented by the Spanish giants. This hesitation has led to a delay in the decision-making process.

Sources close to the situation, who opted for anonymity, shed light on the complexities surrounding Mbappe’s potential transfer. These sources represent various perspectives from PSG, Real Madrid, and Mbappe’s camp.

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Real Madrid’s Pursuit of Kylian Mbappe: A Tug-of-War for Football’s Future Superstar

Mbappe has been aware of Real Madrid’s proposal since the beginning of the year, given his contract situation with PSG. With his current deal set to expire in June, negotiations have been underway for some time.

Although Real Madrid’s offer falls short of the terms previously discussed in 2022, it still positions Mbappe as the highest-paid player in the Madrid squad, should he accept. This aspect adds another layer of complexity to Mbappe’s decision-making process.

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Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is playing during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Metz at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, on December 21, 2023. (Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Insights from insiders familiar with the negotiations from two years ago reveal that Real Madrid had extended a lucrative offer to Kylian Mbappe, consisting of a €130 million (£110m; $140m at current rates) signing bonus alongside an annual salary of €26 million.

On the other hand, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) recently presented Mbappe, who is 25 years old, with a diverse array of contract options aimed at persuading him to stay. These options span from short-term to long-term contracts and are still on the table. They would enable Mbappe to maintain a salary roughly equivalent to his current earnings at PSG, which sources estimate at €75 million after tax, excluding any additional bonuses.

Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, has taken a proactive approach in the club’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe, directly engaging with the player himself. Despite experiencing a setback when Mbappe rejected their advances two years ago, Perez has emerged as the driving force behind Real Madrid’s renewed efforts to secure the French star’s signature.

While Real Madrid’s offer may not match the financial terms presented by PSG, sources familiar with the situation indicate that Perez remains confident in his pursuit of Mbappe. He believes he has exhausted all avenues to convince the player to join Madrid and remains hopeful of a positive outcome. Perez has emphasized to Mbappe the potential for his career to reach new heights, both in terms of sporting achievements and marketing opportunities, should he choose to join Real Madrid.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League – Real Madrid Training – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – February 14, 2022 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Perez’s involvement in the negotiations has been described as unusually close, underscoring the significance of Mbappe’s potential arrival at the club. However, despite Perez’s concerted efforts, the outcome remains uncertain, with past experiences serving as a reminder that success is never guaranteed in such endeavors.

Real Madrid’s Deadline Pressures Meet Resistance from Player’s Camp, PSG Remains Calm Amid Uncertainty

As negotiations progressed in early January, Real Madrid conveyed their desire to bring closure to the prolonged transfer saga involving Kylian Mbappe by mid-January, aiming to avoid a repeat of the events that transpired in May 2022.

However, the imposition of this “deadline” was met with reluctance by Mbappe’s entourage, who expressed the need for more time to consider their options. Despite Madrid’s eagerness for a swift resolution, sources within the Santiago Bernabeu continue to await a definitive response from Mbappe, anticipating it will arrive “soon.”

Initially, Mbappe had shown favorable signs towards a potential move to Madrid, fostering a sense of optimism surrounding the prospect of a deal being struck in recent weeks. This optimism was significant enough to be communicated to Carlo Ancelotti, with indications pointing towards Mbappe’s potential availability for the upcoming season.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Metz – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – May 21, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

However, sources close to Mbappe reveal a division within his camp regarding the next steps. Some influential voices argue that Madrid’s offer falls short of Mbappe’s current earnings at PSG or what he could potentially earn elsewhere.

Conversely, key figures within Paris Saint-Germain have grown more pessimistic about the possibility of retaining Mbappe’s services. The club recalls Mbappe’s decision last summer to forego an option to extend his contract for an additional year and is mindful of his repeated expressions of admiration for Real Madrid.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Mbappe’s future, PSG sources convey a sense of calmness regarding the situation. Economically, the club feels secure due to Mbappe’s decision to forgo a substantial bonus last summer. On a sporting level, PSG emphasizes its commitment to building a cohesive team-oriented project that prioritizes collective success over individual players.

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