Just a few hours after Real Madrid made a shock bid of £137 million for Kylian Mbappe, PSG sporting director Leonardo has admitted that the French international wants to leave the Parc des Princes, according to Sky Sports. Mbappe has less than a year left on his contract and he will be able to leave next summer for free. Regarded as one of the top players in world football, Mbappe’s signature is sought after by the top clubs. After a dull summer that saw legends like Sergio Ramos leave, Madrid have made the most significant move of the window by making this huge bid for the player, who had originally joined PSG for £166 million back in 2017.
PSG are going to the idea of Mbappe leaving the club even if he has played a key role in the opening few games of the French Ligue 1 campaign so far. However, the French outfit are demanding around £190 million, which would not be far away from the world-record fee of £222 million that PSG paid for Neymar, with only a few days of the transfer window left.
PSG have an embarrassment of riches in the offensive positions. Following the free transfer acquisition of Lionel Messi, manager Mauricio Pochettino has an enviable number of top players and PSG may not suffer immediately with the departure of Mbappe. In his five seasons with PSG, Mbappe has come up with 92 goals in just 110 league appearances. He has picked up the French league title on three occasions while coming close to winning the Champions League in 2020.
There is little doubt that PSG may need to sell Mbappe in order to balance the books. Even though the likes of Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Lionel Messi might have come to the club on a free transfer, they have been signed on huge wages.