06/09/2021; 12:36 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
The dust of the failed bid to bring Mbappe from Paris St Germain to Real Madrid is yet to settle, but more revelations are coming out concerning the deal. Investigations may have hit the real reason PSG turned down Real Madrid's bid for Mbappe.
With less than a year to run on his current deal, Kylian Mbappe desired a move to the Spanish capital, and Los Blancos wanted to make it happen this summer rather than wait to get him for free in 2022.
The Mbappe pursuit was a public one with all eyes fixated on how the transfer was coming along.
Amid the Covid-19 induced financial constraints of Real Madrid, they were able to stump up the cash to tempt PSG to let the 22-year-old Mbappe leave the French capital for the Spanish capital. The Paris club were unmoved. Even though Mbappe was four months away from negotiating a pre-contract with Real Madrid, they held onto their breeches, insisting on keeping the player.
When a club says they are not selling a player at any price, it is paper talk, and when the right price arrives, the club will budge. That may hold, except you're PSG backed with state funds that run into billions of dollars.
Even the thought of losing Mbappe for free next season was not enough to make PSG change their stance on their prized asset. However, reports have brought to light the Mbappe saga. While not entirely convincing, it goes a little way to explain why the deal fell through.
According to The Athletic, PSG are still indebted to Monaco to the tune of €36 million, which is part of an instalment of the original deal between the two clubs.
With the deductions, PSG saw the value of Los Blancos opening offer as €124 million. They felt that was not enough to replace Mbappe's quality with the window close to shutting.
An improved Real Madrid offer failed to persuade PSG, with the club only ready to play ball if a bid between €200-220 million came in.
With Mbappe in the final year of his PSG contract, Real Madrid believed they were in a position to prise him away from PSG.
Real Madrid made a bid of €160 million, which PSG rejected. Los Blancos returned with an improved offer of €180 million with the same fate. A deadline day bid of over €200 million received no response from PSG. Mbappe can now sign a pre-contract from January 1, 2022, as a free agent.