Real Madrid ‘still plotting move for Kylian Mbappe on DEADLINE DAY’ with Spanish giants searching for opportune moment after PSG secured shock move for Lionel Messi, taking club’s wage budget to the brink
Real Madrid are biding their time before a deadline-day swoop on August 31 for Kylian Mbappe, according to a report in Spain, with president Florentino Perez looking to take advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s inflated wage bill after signing Lionel Messi.
Perez has a habit of making audacious signings on deadline day, such as plucking World Cup Golden Boot winner Ronaldo Nazario from Inter Milan in 2002 or snapping up Sergio Ramos in 2005 following a bitter wrangle with Sevilla.
Tottenham are well aware of the Madrid’s chief knack for getting late deals done, too, after Real signed Luka Modric in 2012 and Gareth Bale in 2013 on deadline day after weeks of tough negotiations with chairman Daniel Levy.
Real Madrid are preparing a final day swoop for Kylian Mbappe, according to a report in Spain
Real president Florentino Perez is well known for making last-minute signings on deadline day
AS says PSG could be tempted to sell Mbappe after signing Lionel Messi on huge wages
And Spanish paper AS says Real are going to test PSG’s resolve with a transfer deadline-day bid for Mbappe, the player Perez has dreamed about signing for years.
Mbappe, who had his wall covered with posters of Cristiano Ronaldo as a teenager, is more than open to a move to Real and has rejected five offers of a new contract with PSG, with less than a year left on his deal.
PSG have not given up hope of him committing his future to them for many years to come so he can form a dream front three with Messi and Neymar, but they also know he is at serious risk of leaving for free next year.
The report adds that Real also believe PSG could do with selling Mbappe to ease their already inflated wage bill, which is about to be further increased by paying Messi a reported £1million a week.
Real have reduced their wage bill by losing Sergio Ramos (left) and Raphael Varane (right)
Ramos joined PSG on a free transfer after Real refused to bow down to his contract demands
Real also have more cash to spend on Mbappe after selling Varane to Man United for £42m
Selling Mbappe for cash could also ease pressure from UEFA for financial fair play reasons and from the French football federation, with both institutions encouraging PSG to reduce their wage bill from 99 per cent of annual revenue to 70 per cent.
Real tried to sign Mbappe in 2017 from Monaco, with Spanish reports saying they were unable to get a deal through due to Gareth Bale’s continued presence at the club and his huge salary.
But Real have taken careful steps to reduce their wage bill this summer, refusing to give captain Sergio Ramos a new contract and also agreeing to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United, set to pocket them £42million.
David Alaba is the only major signing they have made – on a free transfer- and there is now a bit of breathing room for Real to finally get Mbappe and count on one of the top strikers in the game for many years to come.