World-record bid made for Kylian Mbappe as PSG exit looms

Mbappe has expressed his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain and the club are now looking to sell him before his contract runs out next summer

Miguel Delaney
Chief Football Writer
Monday 24 July 2023 14:21 BST
Kylian Mbappe is being chased by Saudi club Al Hilal
Kylian Mbappe is being chased by Saudi club Al Hilal (PA Archive)

Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have made a world-record €300m (£259m) bid for Kylian Mbappe, as Paris Saint-Germain are intent on selling the player this summer.

The French champions have sounded out pretty much every major European club as regards a potential deal but the general feeling has been that the 24-year-old only wants to go to Real Madrid when his contract runs out next year.

Mbappe sparked this entire saga by telling PSG he had no wish to sign a new deal last month.

With Real Madrid keen to hold their nerve and not move for the French star until next summer, primarily for reasons of financial fair play, Al Hilal are willing to give all parties a potential out with even a one-year deal that could see Mbappe earn €700m for a season.

One of the issues right now is almost that Mbappe has priced himself out of most moves, with all but about three or four clubs unable to afford him. Chelsea are among the clubs to have considered a move, but the feeling is the price would be too high and that it would take a lot to convince Mbappe anyway.

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