Kylian Mbappe in a Real Madrid shirt from next season has seemed like a near-lost conclusion for most of the season, but now it looks like the French superstar won’t be moving to the Spanish capital after all.
Instead, French release The Parisian report that Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed in principle on a two-year contract extension which would net the striker A$74m a year, which equates to around $1.4m a week.
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The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and given that he is the darling of French football, PSG are desperate to keep him.
But Mbappe hasn’t hidden his admiration for Madrid and the honor that comes with calling the Santiago Bernabeu home.
However, Mbappe’s mother has thrown a major spanner in the works over her son’s reported deal with PSG and took to social media to clarify that no deal has been agreed, at least for now. .
“There is no agreement in principle with Paris Saint-Germain or any other club,” wrote Fayza Lamari.
“Discussions around Kylian’s future are continuing in great serenity to allow him to make the best choice, with respect for all parties.”
With the end of the season – and the end of Mbappe’s current deal – approaching, the star’s future will surely become clear in the not-too-distant future.
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New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is yet to finish the season with current club Ajax but that wouldn’t have stopped him from lining up his main transfer target.
The right-back has been with Inter Milan for just one season so far after moving to San Siro last summer from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, but has done himself plenty of favors with his performances for the team .
However, the 26-year-old’s arrival could hinge on the future of United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who will speak with ten Hag to find out if he will be part of the new manager’s plans going forward.
Otherwise, it would generate funds to go towards signing Dumfries and allow one to return straight away as the other leaves and Wan-Bissaka would have no shortage of suitors interested in signing him.
BARCA READY TO EXIT AS PL STRUGGLER’S EXITS TO BE SEALED
Barcelona will be keeping an extremely close eye on the Premier League’s relegation battle as the club plot a push for Leeds star Raphinha.
If Jesse Marsch’s side go down, Raphinha has a $43m release clause kicking in and Barcelona won’t waste any time getting that deal done.
However, if Leeds retain their first-flight status for another season, Barcelona will remain on track in their pursuit of the Brazilian, even if it means he will cost more.
Barcelona manager Xavi is keen to add more options to the squad as he seeks to bring the La Liga title back to Catalonia after losing to Real Madrid this season.
The 25-year-old has been a talisman for Leeds since joining the club in 2020 from French side Rennes and is on course for his highest single-season goalscoring tally since 2017/18.