Real Madrid submit £137m bid for PSG star Kylian Mbappe – which could pave way for Cristiano Ronaldo to join Lionel Messi at the French giants – but Ligue 1 club likely to REJECT opening offer
- Real Madrid have told Sportsmail they have bid £137m for Kylian Mbappe
- Paris Saint-Germain have, however, are likely to knock back the bid, say reports
- Any Mbappe move to Real would pave the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to join PSG
- Florentino Perez is looking to get a marquee signing despite financial concerns
Real Madrid have made an opening offer of £137million for Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, which is likely to be rejected by the French club.
The opening offer, confirmed by the Spanish club to Sportsmail, could shake the transfer market to its foundations if accepted, opening the way for the French club to move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid have pursued Mbappe since he moved to PSG from Monaco in 2017. His contract runs out next summer and he has so far rejected three bids by the club to extend his deal beyond 2022.
Real Madrid have submitted a £137million bid to PSG for star forward Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe to Real could open up Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Juventus for PSG this summer
PSG, who have yet to field Mbappe alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi, are set to reject the opening bid, according to French media.
But they have been offered Ronaldo as a replacement and have also been urged by Neymar to consider his international teammate, the Everton striker Richarlison, as Mbappe’s replacement.
Questions will be asked as to how Real Madrid can afford Mbappe after 300m euros was wiped off the club’s revenue by the coronavirus pandemic.
The squad accepted a 15 per cent wage cut last season and several players this season have already negotiated new contracts that will enable the club to pay them over a longer period of time.
Florentino Perez is trying to get a marquee signing at Real despite financial issues at the club
Madrid president Florentino Perez’s fronting up of the doomed European Super League project was seen as an indication of the club’s desperate financial state. He declared that football would be dead by 2023 if the Super League was not permitted.
Madrid made no signings last summer and have so far signed only David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich while selling Martin Odegaard to Arsenal and Raphael Varane to Manchester United.
French radio station RMC reported on Monday night that PSG were now open to allowing Mbappe to leave with one year left of his contract.
But Madrid were originally skeptical of the supposed softening of the Ligue 1 club’s stance. Last night’s dramatic bid will publicly test the Qatari-owned club’s resolve.
Carlo Ancelotti could be handed Mbappe to improve Real’s LaLiga hopes this season