01/09/2021; 11:47 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Once beaten, twice shy but that did not stop a certain club from trying three times.
Real Madrid have been in pursuit of the hottest property in world football. The admiration and quest to sign Kylian Mbappé was no secret. Los Merengues, who have been quiet in the market in the last couple of seasons, pulled out all the stops to sign the 22-year-old but met a brick wall in Paris St Germain.
Mbappé was into the final year of his contract, and PSG had to do something. The French giants had tried to get the World Cup winner to put pen to a new contract. Even the addition of world-class players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Donnarumma was not enough to convince Mbappé to commit his future to PSG.
Los Blancos were emboldened by the young lad’s documented admiration and desire to one day play for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid made an initial bid of €160 million that was rejected by the Paris club, but the Spaniards returned with an improved bid of €170 million. PSG was not ready to lose their prized asset and refused to budge.
With the option of signing a pre-contract with Real Madrid in January looming large, the world believed that PSG would relax, but they continued to hold their ground.
As per journalist Fabrizio Romano, PSG also rejected a deadline day bid of €200 million, which would have guaranteed PSG a small profit on the €180 million it cost them for the player.
Kylian Mbappé is now four months away from being a free agent. At that point, he would be free to negotiate a move away from PSG.
PSG Sportingctor Leonardo had confessed the player wanted to leave, but they were hopeful of keeping the player.
Reports suggest that PSG offered the youngster a renewed deal of around €45 million per year, which would have made Mbappé the highest earner at PSG, but the youngster turned it down.
PSG’s refusal ego took act hit that made them refuse to sell. With Mbappé in the final year of his contract, it makes no economic sense to reject the offer.
Pressure will be mounted on Mbappé over the next four months to convince him to remain at PSG.
With the failure to land Mbappé, Real Madrid made a successful bid for Eduardo Camavinga. The 18-year-old midfielder was also in the final year of his contract and has joined Los Blancos on a six-year deal from Rennes. The deal is worth €31 million, with up to €9 million in add-ons.