New Delhi: As per reports, Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has accepted a staggering world-record bid of 259 million pounds (300 million Euros) from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal for their star forward Kylian Mbappe. The 24-year-old French captain, whose contract still has one year remaining, has been reluctant to renew his contract with PSG and reportedly favours a move to Real Madrid, further fueling speculation about his future.
The bid from Al-Hilal, a Saudi club, has garnered immense attention, as it now allows them to engage in talks with Mbappe to discuss potential terms and conditions. The French striker’s desire to join Real Madrid has been an ongoing saga, leading to tensions between him and his current employers at PSG. As a clear indication of the situation, Mbappe was omitted from PSG’s pre-season squad for their tour of Japan and South Korea.
Given Mbappe’s uncertain contract situation, PSG is keen to avoid the risk of losing him on a free transfer next year. Therefore, the club has made the decision to put him up for sale, aiming to recoup the substantial investment they made when securing his permanent transfer from Monaco in 2018, which was approximately 150 million pounds.
The news of PSG’s acceptance of Al-Hilal’s bid has not only piqued the interest of football enthusiasts around the world but has also ignited fierce competition among top European clubs vying for Mbappe’s signature. Real Madrid, a long-time admirer of the talented striker, is seen as the primary destination in his mind. Reports suggest that the Spanish giants are actively pursuing a move to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Real Madrid is not the only club interested in Mbappe’s services. Several other European powerhouses, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, and Barcelona, have all expressed a keen interest in securing the French star’s talents for their respective squads.