During the entire summer transfer window, the Paris Saint-Germain forward was linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and it finally looked like the dream transfer would take place in the final week of the transfer period in August. PSG, on the other hand, had other plans and turned down bids from Real Madrid worth up to 220 million euros for Mbappe.
In an open interview, the player stated that he wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain for only Real Madrid this summer and was outspoken about the French club's mistreatment of the World Cup winner. According to the interview, he has completely ruled out a contract extension, and a move to Real Madrid is on the cards sooner rather than later, though he did not explicitly mention it.
While PSG risked losing 220 million euros for him in the summer, they still have a chance to cash in on Mbappe during the winter transfer window and may be open to talks in January.
Given how complicated Mbappe's transfer was always going to be, here are three reasons why he could arrive in January.
1. PSG WILL SURELY BE CONCERNED WITH SOME MONEY THAN NOTHING
Paris Saint-Germain may lose Kylian Mbappe for free six months later, and the Frenchman may agree to a pre-contract with Los Merengues before the end of the current season. That is the last thing Paris Saint-Germain would want, and it may be the last thing Mbappe would want, as it could completely derail his relationship with his hometown club.
Real Madrid have consistently ruled out major signings in January, but Mbappe's case has been treated as if it were exceptional for years now, and the Whites may be willing to spend between 75 and 100 million euros on the French international. For PSG, something is better than nothing, and it may even save them from some backlash in light of the Financial Fair Play rulings.
Furthermore, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Leonardo clearly value reputation, and it will be a slap in the face if Mbappe does not agree to a contract extension and leaves for free in June.
They will eventually be made to look like the guilty party, and they will have to swallow all of their words of pride about Mbappe staying and the accusations of disrespect they have leveled against Real Madrid.
2. MBAPPE’S DESIRE SEEMS TO BE CALLING FOR REAL MADRID OVER PSG
In the interview he gave during the international break, Kylian Mbappe made no direct mention of where his future may lie, but he clearly took a dig or two at the Paris Saint-Germain directors for how they have spoken about him to the public. He also mentioned Real Madrid a few times. If a player was determined to remain where he is, he could have avoided the questions.
Furthermore, the player's mother, who is also his representative, stated in a subsequent interview that they cannot be blamed for leaving for free next year, implying that the decision has already been made.
Respecting Paris Saint-Germain and getting as much money for the transfer as possible was a priority for the Mbappe family.
If the player decides to give it another shot in January and formally requests to leave the club, there may be dialogue between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, and this time it could be decisive, because the player's desire appears to be stronger than ever. Only time will tell what happens, but Mbappe appears intent on wrapping up his PSG chapter in 2022.
3. REAL MADRID KNOW MBAPPE’S WORTH
In terms of Real Madrid, the sooner they can sign Kylian Mbappe, the easier it will be for them to breathe.
The Whites understand that the player is one for the next decade and is the ideal solution for them moving forward in terms of both sport and marketing two aspects of Cristiano Ronaldo's nine-year stay in the Spanish capital as well.
From a sporting standpoint, Real Madrid could use a goal scorer in January because Benzema has been the only consistent source of goals once again, and Vinicius' form has dipped in the last couple of games. Furthermore, with his chemistry with Big Benz, Mbappe can score 20 goals in half a season, which is a fantastic return for the team.
Fans have begun to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, and Mbappe's arrival in January will ensure that the stadium is packed, as will shirt sales and marketing. Furthermore, it will assist the club in utilizing the 22-year-old as a means of attracting other signings because every player wants to play in a project that is convincing enough for him.
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