Real Madrid is rekindling its interest in Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and is willing to pay up to €1 billion to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to reports.
The 23-year-old first contract was set to expire in June 2022, and he was heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital over the summer.
Mbappe eventually signed a new two-year contract with PSG, keeping him at the Parc des Princes through the summer of 2024 with a 12-month extension option.
Mbappe has had a stellar start to the 2022–23 season, contributing five assists and scoring 19 goals in 20 games for the Paris giants in all competitions.
The Frenchman also performed admirably for his nation at the 2022 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot after scoring eight goals in just seven games, including a hat-trick in the championship match that saw Les Bleus lose to Argentina on penalties.
While Mbappe has been having fun scoring goals, rumours about his next career move continue to circulate. The forward is rumoured to have decided that signing his new deal at PSG was a “mistake.”
Gazzetta reports that Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, is still very interested in signing Mbappe and is prepared to do everything it takes to do so next summer.
According to the source, Los Blancos are willing to put together a transfer package worth a massive €1 billion (£878 million) throughout a four-year agreement.
There are rumors of a four-year contract with a salary of €630 million. The overall sum would be a staggering ten figures thanks to signing-on fees, agent commission, and an estimated transfer cost of roughly €150m.
Real Madrid believes they could reach an agreement with PSG for a transfer fee of roughly €150 million (£132 million), plus signing-on fees and commission, while Perez, who is prepared to make Mbappe his next Galactico, is unfazed by wages of around €630 million (£556 million).
Karim Benzema, a 35-year-old striker, is rumored to have ongoing fitness problems, and Perez has chosen Mbappe as the best successor to the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner.
The former Real Madrid striker Guti has pushed his former club to try to sign Kylian, arguing that the Frenchman needs to play for a team of Real’s stature if he wants to reach the ranks of great athletes like PSG teammate Lionel Messi and former Los Blancos forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mbappe has also been linked to Manchester United and Liverpool, although those teams are reportedly prioritizing other players right now.
Mbappe returned to PSG training less than 72 hours after losing the World Cup final in preparation for the 2022–23 season, which will begin on December 28 with a home game against Strasbourg for the Ligue 1 champions.