Mbappe Could Head Back To Monaco Next Week
Real Madrid could make a late bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. The news comes as Uefa prepare a report into the French club’s transfer dealings last summer.
Mbappe was signed from Monaco in 2017 on an initial season-long loan with an option to purchase this summer for a fixed fee of €180million (£162.1million; $208.1million). That fee must be paid by next Monday or Mbappe returns to Monaco.
But last month the Spanish FA asked Uefa to look again at the La Liga side’s financial affairs. Auditors are taking a special interest in PSG’s sponsorship deals with a number of Qatari entities. It is thought the Qataris have paid two or three times the going rate thus inflating PSG’s income and lessening any losses.
If PSG fail to pay Mbappe’s transfer fee then he will be back on the market. At that stage, Madrid may pounce with a late bid. Los Blancos were linked last year with the France international only to withdraw from the bidding as the fee spiralled upwards.
With the transfer window now closed in both England and Italy, Spanish clubs have the field to themselves in the race for Mbappe.
Some of the Premier League’s top clubs will be ruing the early closure of their transfer window for the first time this summer.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had been criticised for not replacing Cristiano Ronaldo. It could be that Real supremo is playing a canny waiting game in the knowledge that the PSG investigation is likely to end in Mbappe coming back on the market. In that case it will have been a master stroke by the former construction magnate.
Aspas On Madrid Radar
Real Madrid’s back-up option is an unlikely-sounding move for the former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas.
The 31-year-old Anfield flop is back with his former club Celta Vigo – the club he left for Anfield in 2013.
Aspas had the best season of his career in 2017-18 scoring 22 goals in 34 La Liga games for Celta and winning a place in Spain’s World Cup squad as a result.
The former Sevilla man has a release clause of €40million (£36million; €46.3million) in his contract with Celta and Real Madrid would have to meet that clause before he is able to move.