Kylian Mbappe’s decision to inform Paris Saint-Germain of his desire to not continue in the French capital beyond the summer of 2024 through a formal letter has sparked suggestions of an exit during the current transfer window.
PSG chiefs – who are not best pleased by their posterboy’s actions – are now determined to sell him this summer instead of letting him run down the remaining 12 months on his deal and walk away for free in 12 months. As per the Daily Mail, the development has accelerated plans of his suitors.
Real Madrid remain keen on making Mbappe their talisman and are in the market for Karim Benzema’s replacement. The 24-year-old doesn’t enjoy playing in the middle of the attack, but Santiago Bernabeu remains his dream destination.
However, names of both Chelsea and Manchester United have also been mentioned.
The London outfit have spent lavishly in Todd Boehly’s first two transfer windows in England. But this window is largely seen as the one in which the priority is to cut the wage bill. Considering their tricky financial situation and the absence of Champions League football, Chelsea aren’t best placed to lure a player of Mbappe’s caliber and status.
Manchester United takeover could impact Mbappe’s future
United, meanwhile, have taken impressive strides on the pitch under Erik ten Hag, and are looking for a new goal-scorer to lead their line in the Premier League and Europe next season. But their current transfer budget would certainly not stretch to buying Mbappe.
However, the situation at the Theatre of Dreams ‘could change’ quickly depending on the outcome of the sale process. The Glazers are close to announcing their preferred bidder between Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
It is added that Sheikh Jassim’s triumph would ‘create an intriguing dynamic’ in the Mbappe situation due to the Qatari ownership of PSG.