Real Madrid have moved Kylian Mbappe up their transfer priority list once again, according to recent reports.
Having been the subject of banter and ridicule from football fans following the saga of 2022, they look set for another round of possible punishment.
They are very open with their desire to land the mercurial Frenchman and will leave no stones unturned in that pursuit. It was believed that they will put the brakes on that move until at least a year to the expiration of his new mega contract at Paris Saint-Germain but sources now claim that they are going to make the move this summer.
This will be in addition to a €100 million plus move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Jude Bellingham.
The Telegraph claims that Los Blancos are looking to capitalise on the uncertainty at the French Ligue 1 leaders to convince Mbappe to make the switch from the Parc De Princes to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. If they are successful, they will be spending significantly more than their initial £154 million offer for him back when they first made a move to sign him.
The British tabloid claims that it will be a world record fee, which will see him beat embattled PSG star Neymar to the title of the world’s most expensive footballer.
PSG are currently facing a mini crisis with the star power in the team. Financial problems are at the forefront of their issues as it is taking a lot to maintain their current roster. The leadership is also frustrated with the lack of success in the UEFA Champions League and are looking for ways to build a team that can go all the way next season.
Mbappe is a key part of their plans but said plans are unclear. This, according to the reports, is what Madrid are hoping to capitalise on in the coming months. Mbappe, however, has previously expressed his happiness at PSG, leaving the 14-time Champions League winners with a lot more work to do.
“For me it’s a privilege to play here. I’m from Paris and being at PSG is special,” he said. “I arrived when I was young and I’ve grown and matured a lot, on and off the pitch, since then.
“If I linked my future to the Champions League, and I don’t want to disrespect the club, I would have gone very far!
“I am here and I am very happy, and for the moment I’m not thinking about anything other than making PSG happy.”
Mbappe and Bellingham could be Real Madrid’s highest earners next season if Los Blancos pull off the move. Madrid are set to beat Liverpool and Manchester City to the 19-year-old’s signing with an offer to pay him a weekly wage of £334,000, according to a report from German outlet BILD.
Dortmund, meanwhile, will receive £130 million for the England Three Lions international. Dortmund, however, claims they are yet to hear from Madrid.