Mbappe, free but not without cost



Posted Sunday, September 05, 2021 by Marca.com

Real Madrid may pay the highest-ever signing-on fee

Mbappe, free but not without cost
Kylian Mbappe with PSG

Things are in work behind the scenes at Real Madrid to try to make sure that Kylian Mbappe's signing will be completed ahead of next summer, having failed to snatch the Frenchman away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The goal is now to close his arrival as soon as 2021 has ended and the player is available to discuss terms ahead of making a move as a free agent on July 1, 2022. The ball is now in Mbappe's court, and he'll have to resist pressure from PSG for four months now and not renew.

He has already rejected six offers of a proposal, and he seems to know where he wants to play in 2022/23.

Real Madrid put an offer of 200 million euros on the table on deadline day, but PSG turned it down despite the player being in the last year of his contract. A lot of things were said about the offer, with some describing it as madness, but Los Blancos felt that it made perfect sense.

His signing would have strengthened Carlo Ancelotti's attack immediately and it would have taken the possibility of PSG convincing him to stay out of the question. As well, Real Madrid aren't saving 200 million euros by his signing being delayed and they know they'll have to fork up to sign him next year.

Los Blancos are assuming that they might well put forward the biggest signing-on fee in history next summer to sign the player, as there will be competition from all over for his services. PSG had to do similarly when Lionel Messi signed for 'free' this past summer, and it's not an uncommon payment.

How much could his signing cost?

It's hard to put a figure on it, but it appears as though bonuses, commissions and the rest will take the fee to around 80 million euros, which is considerably lower than the 200m euros offered this summer, but far from a free signing.

In France, however, there is the belief that PSG will be able to twist the player's arm and convince him to sign an extension, then meaning that Real Madrid would have to spend big to have any chance of signing him. They could, though, have a Real Madrid clause in the contract.

For now, the Mbappe case remains open.

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