French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain are having the toughest time in their quest to keep their highest goals scorer in two consecutive seasons, Kylian Mbappe. The French international has been consistently linked with a move to Spanish La Liga giants, Real Madrid, and they are reportedly thinking of using enough money to tie him down in Paris.
To make matters worse, the 21-year-old forward has consistently told the world that the current manager of Real Madrid and his countryman, Zinedine Zidane, is his football idol. He has been pictured a couple of times wearing Real Madrid jersey years before he came into prominence which implies that Real Madrid has been his dream club.
As his open-secret romance with Madrid lingers, the president of the club, Florentino Perez, was quoted as saying that he has been looking forward to seeing Mbappe work under Zinedine Zidane. Hence, the love between the club and Mbappe is very mutual and a serious scare for PSG and the fans of the French club.
Though Kylian Mbappe has been quoted as saying that his intention has been to stay with PSG until the club is able to win a UEFA Champions League title which they have been longing for since the establishment of the club, but fans doubt if he would be that if it doesn’t happen this season.
Before coronavirus halted football, PSG has already scaled through the round of 16 of the Champions League beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate. They are looking good enough to go as far as winning the title for the first time in the history of the club but they still have three stages to scale through before such a dream can come to pass.
Hence, the club has been looking for means to keep Kylian Mbappe at the club to help them achieve such a feat this season and even some seasons to come. To achieve that, the club is reportedly planning to offer the World Cup-winning forward the kind of contract they offered Brazilian star Neymar.
Is Money Enough to Keep Kylian Mbappe at PSG?
Currently, Kylian Mbappe earns about £17.6 million pound per-year to remain the second-highest-paid player at PSG. This is a shortfall of what he should be earning when compared with what Neymar, the highest-paid player at the club has been earning.
Based on the contribution of the two players in the past three seasons, Mbappe has done more for the club to warrant better pay. If PSG offers Mbapper, an annual salary of £26.8m after tax, that is, £515,000 per week, £73,571 per day, £3,065 per hour and £51 per minute, he will be on the same pedestrian as Neymar.
But would that be enough for Mbappe to stay? Well, that might not be because, despite the huge sum of money Neymar takes home from PSG every year, there have been strong reports that he is interested in returning to Barcelona where he joined PSG from. The fans can only wait to see how love for a club and for a personality can win over money and a guaranteed playing time.