Paris Saint-Germain skipper Kylian Mbappe is all set to join Real Madrid when his contract at Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season.
The French World Cup winner, 25, has finally made his mind up about his next destination after a period of intense speculation and will join Real Madrid, which has long revered the prodigious talent of the forward. If the plans come to fruition, he will become the Spanish giants’ highest-paid player.
Negotiations between the interested parties are being reportedly carried out steadily but it is not a done deal yet. Mbappe, however, has not yet informed Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, but his decision to join Los Blancos has been taken.
Kylian Mbappe’s next destination looks likely to be Real Madrid
It looks like Kylian Mbappe’s long drawn-out story with Real Madrid is soon ending. The 25-year-old’s time at PSG has been nothing short of sensational, with his breathtaking performances earning him one of the world’s premium footballers.
Despite the Ligue 1 giants trying their best to convince the Frenchman to stay, he has made his decision to leave France for Spain even though he has to take a hefty pay cut. By apparently choosing to leave the French champions on a free transfer, the 25-year-old will be throwing away bonuses that amount to around €100m.
The allure of playing for Real Madrid—14 times European champions—has proven irresistible for Mbappe, who grew up idolising club legends such as Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo and has always dreamt of playing for Los Blancos. Having won everything at PSG except the Champions League trophy, the 25-year-old feels the time is right for his career to move to Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have been on the hunt for a proper No.9 since the departure of Karim Benzema to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad last summer. The lack of a lethal goalscorer continues to be a glaring hole in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad despite talents like Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes stepping up to keep Madrid in contention for the La Liga title.
Given the 2018 World Cup winner’s previous U-turn over a move to Madrid in 2022, there is always the possibility that he could change his mind until all parties conclude the deal. However, his dream move to the Spanish capital finally looks set to come true this summer.
As for PSG, they have identified AC Milan star Rafael Leao to replace Mbappe at the end of the season.
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