Paris St-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has hinted that he could be prepared to leave the club – putting clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City on alert.
Mbappe was collecting his Ligue Un Player of the Year award at the UNFP Awards in Paris, and in his acceptance speech he hinted that his future could lie award from the Parc de Princes.
“I am arriving at the second turning point of my career,” he said. “I have discovered an enormous amount of things here. It may be the moment to have more responsibilities, maybe at PSG, with pleasure, or elsewhere for a new project.”
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel appeared surprised by his striker’s comments when the cameras pointed at him.
The French World Cup winner has been a star all season for PSG, who romped to another Ligue Un title, scoring 32 goals in just 28 league appearances.
If he were available, he would likely command a world-record transfer fee. The current record is held by his teammate Neymar, who joined PSG for £198 million.
This would put him out of the range of all but a few clubs. Those who could afford him include Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.
Real are rebuilding and have shown an interest in Mbappe before. That they are managed by his countryman Zinedine Zidane could be an extra pull.
Barcelona are also considering making changes, and are looking to the future are Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are both over 30.
Likewise Manchester City are also planning. Despite winning an unprecedented domestic treble, boss Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen further this summer.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly ready to test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of star striker Mohamed Salah this summer, according to reports.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane is believed to want to revamp his attack. A deal for Chelsea star Eden Hazard is widely expected but now Canal+ have reported that the Frenchman wants to raid another Premier League club for their top star.
Salah has had another stellar season for Liverpool, scoring 26 goals in all competitions as the Reds finished 2nd in the Premier League and have reached the Champions League final.
Canal+ report that Zidane sees Salah as a perfect fit for a revamped forward line with his pace and movement. He would also be the sort of marquee signing that Madrid fans have been craving since Cristiano Ronaldo left last summer.
However, Liverpool will not want to let one of their biggest stars leave the club, and will be live they can hold onto him, especially if they were to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
No transfer fee has been mentioned, but Liverpool would probably not consider anything less than £150 million for Salah.
Madrid’s quest for strikers could also hasten the departure of Gareth Bale from the Bernabeau. He has been frozen out since Zidane returned and it looks likely he will be sold to help finance acquisitions.
Ligue Un Champions Paris St-Germain have made Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale one of their top summer transfer targets, according to reports.
PSG are looking to make signings after yet again failing to progress past the last 16 of the Champions League. Their form in France also tailed off and they were beaten on penalties by Rennes in the French Cup Final.
Bale could be an option as a marquee signing for the Parisian side. His future at the Bernabeau is in doubt after the return of Zinedine Zidane earlier in the season.
Zidane is expected to have a clear-out if playing staff after a mediocre season by their standards and Bale could be one of those. His transfer fee could also help to fund a raft of acquisitions.
Bale is estimated to be worth about £70 million, which is nothing to the Qatari-backed club.
However, whether Bale wants to leave Madrid is not known.
Other clubs may also be in for the Welshman. Manchester United have been linked with him for a couple of years, and his former side Tottenham Hotspur could also be interested.
Paris St-Germain star Neymar is said to be unhappy in Paris and wants a transfer – which could reawaken Real Madrid’s interest in him.
Neymar has been prolific on the pitch since he made the move to the Parc des Princes in 2017 but there have long been rumours that he is not happy at the club or in the city.
However, it was thought that he was happier playing under Thomas Tuchel but Le10Sport has reported he has had a change of heart after PSG’s latest failure to land the Champions League title. PSG threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead to Manchester United to lose 3-2 in the last 16 of the tournament.
This, coupled with a slump in form that also saw the side again throw away a 2-0 lead to lose the final of the Coupe de France on penalties to Rennes, has changed his mind.
If this is correct, it will no doubt alert Real Madrid, who have had a long-standing in the Brazilian. Manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to have a major overhaul of his squad this summer and a marquee signing like Neymar would be what Los Blancos’ fans have wanted since Cristiano Ronaldo left last year.
It would doubtless take a world record to take him from PSG – reports have said as much as £300 million – but that would not put Real off.
It may put other potential suitors off, except perhaps Barcelona, who have also been linked with a bid for a player they sold for £198 million to PSG.
Real Madrid are planning to make a bid to sign Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe this summer for a world record £240 million.
France Football has reported that Real are preparing the mega-deal for the France international as part of the major revamp manager Zinedine Zidane is planning.
After a mediocre – by their standards – season, Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the playing staff. Top of the list is a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mbappe fits the bill.
If – and it is a big if – a deal is done, it would smash the current record £198 million that PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar back in 2017.
However, it is thought that PSG have no intention of selling one of their major stars and would turn down any bid. But matters are complicated as they may need to sell to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
France Football also speculated that deals to bring Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to the Bernabeau are almost done deals.
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