The Kylian Mbappe saga rages on even during the lull of the international break. The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of much discussion since the summer.
Mbappe informed the higher-ups at PSG during the last transfer window that he would not be signing a new deal with the club.
Mbappe’s current contract in Paris ends next summer, with Real Madrid reported to be the frontrunners to sign the World Cup winner for the last few years.
However, reports emerged last week which claimed that Madrid had dropped out of the race for the superstar.
“Real Madrid definitively rules out the signing of Kylian Mbappé . The white club does not plan to incorporate the Frenchman even if he decides not to extend his relationship with PSG and leave the club free next summer.
“After being the club’s main object of desire in the last two transfer markets, Real Madrid closes the ‘Mbappé soap opera’ and will not go after the footballer in the next transfer market, whatever the contractual situation of his.”
If the reports are true, Los Blancos ending their pursuit of Mbappe would leave Liverpool as the only other club with heavily reported interest in the player.
L’Equipe reported this month that Liverpool have never broken contact with Mbappe’s camp since their initial interest years ago.
Liverpool have been linked with Mbappe since his Monaco days, and recent reports suggested that the Merseyside club have not counted themselves completely out of the race to sign the forward.
A new report from AS via Sport Witness claims that Mbappe’s exorbitant wage demands were a key factor in Madrid cooling their interest in the 24-year-old.
Mbappe is reportedly demanding an annual salary of €35 million per year after tax. The report also claims that Madrid would have to pay Mbappe a staggering signing-on bonus of around €100 million.
It is difficult to see Liverpool coming anywhere near this deal considering the outrageous money involved in what would be essentially a free transfer.