French football star Kylian Mbappé is up for sale from Paris Saint-Germain, sparking uncertainty and excitement about his transfer. The 24 year old is set to become the world’s highest-paid player following Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal’s record breaking bid of $322 million earlier this week.
After signing his first professional contract at 17 years old with Ligue 1 team Monaco in 2016, the team had a remarkable season: winning the league and reaching the Champions League semi-final. Much of this unprecedented success was a result of Mbappé’s signing to the team. Following this success, he signed with Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 where he has played since, Mbappe has continued to break club records and became the PSG’s all-time goal scorer in 2023. Mbappé became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final when France won the tournament in 2018.
The French captain and superstar is in the final year of his contract at PSG, with its expiration in 2024 and the club have put him up for sale, with the player excluded from the team’s preseason tour to Japan. PSG are keen to sign a deal soon as if an agreement is not reached by 31 August, Mbappé is prepared to honor his contract for the remaining year which would leave them without any extra income.
The $322 Saudi offer could reportedly come to a staggering $775 annually including commercial arrangements and brand deals on top of his salary. However, there are yet to be any talks between Al-Hilal and Mbappé himself so the likeliness of such a move is currently unknown. While PSG have reportedly accepted their bid, many football experts have questioned whether or not he would want to move from Europe when he is at the peak of his career. Christiano Ronaldo is currently the world’s highest paid athlete, reportedly earning more than $215 million with Al Nassr in the Saudi League.
Mbappé’s signing would make him the most expensive player ever although his stance on the club’s bid is not known.
UK based bookie BetFred has Mbappé at 6/1 to sign with any Saudi team.
He has been heavily linked with Real Madrid for years, although no deal has been made yet. Despite Los Blancos being adamant not to pursue a summer move, they are rumored to have lowered Paris Saint-Germain’s demands in hope of signing the French striker for next season. It has been reported that PSG are asking for 250m euros and the transfer could be completed within the next few days.
BetFred have Mbappé at 10/11 to move to Real Madrid, making it the bookie’s top destination at the moment.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the many clubs keen to be linked with Mbappé’s move this summer. PSG is now open to taking offers from various English clubs, providing they are able to fund the entirety of the player’s great wages. Many clubs are expected to offer a player(s) as well as cash due to Mbappés hefty price which makes his signing in the Premier League highly unlikely with bookie Bet Fred having English clubs at 33/1 to land the striker.
Ultimately, the financial implications of the transfer of the most successful player in the world is fundamental and Real Madrid are odds on to secure the French superstar despite Al-Hilal’s lucrative bid.