Real likely to wait for Mbappe as PSG fail to respond to huge bid

Kylian Mbappe is now unlikely to move to Real Madrid in this summer transfer window after Paris Saint-Germain failed to reply to their £171.6m (€200m) offer on Monday.

The Spanish club made a second improved bid of £145.8m (€170m) plus £8.57m (€10m) in add-ons and set PSG a deadline to respond by 5pm UK time.

It is now more than likely that Real will wait until January when they can sign Mbappe on a pre-contract agreement for him to join for free next summer.

The La Liga side are very confident Mbappe will sign for them in January, as he again told PSG he will not sign a new deal and if he is not sold in this window, he will move to Madrid as a free agent next summer.

Mbappe turned up to France’s Clairefontaine headquarters on Monday as the world champions prepare to face Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Finland in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Earlier on Monday, Sky Sports News reported Real were considering raising their offer to £154.4m (€180m), or £145.8m (€170m) plus £25.7m (€30m) in add ons.

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Mbappe scored twice for PSG on Sunday evening as they beat Reims 2-0

Mbappe scored twice for PSG on Sunday evening as they won 2-0 at Reims. He said on social media after the game it was “the perfect night”.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at PSG in 10 months and believes he has been promised he can leave if any club matches the €180m (£154.33m) PSG paid Monaco for him in 2017.

PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week Mbappe wanted to leave but they would not sell him in the final week of the window and they would not sell him for less than his market value.

Analysis: Could Real go back for Mbappe?

Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

“There is still a chance Real could increase their offer. I’ve been told PSG will find it difficult to turn down a bid of €200m. So in the next few hours, could Real go back in and increase their offer?

“What I’m being told is that Real Madrid may go back in – maybe. I don’t think they will, I was told they won’t go back, but obviously the clock is ticking, the deadline is tomorrow. I think they will consider it and there is still a chance they will go back with an improved offer. There is also still a chance PSG will accept the offer that is already on the table.

“But the official line is that at the moment, PSG will not accept the offer at the moment and Real Madrid will not increase the offer.

“Real Madrid’s position now is this – the deadline they set has passed, they’re now going to walk away because they are sure that they will get Mbappe next summer for nothing. If that’s what PSG want, to kiss goodbye to €180m, that is their decision.

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Gary Cotterill reports from Strasbourg, where PSG forward and Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe will be preparing with his France team-mates for a World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Real Madrid have tried to conduct themselves properly by paying what they believe the player is worth, despite having 10 months left on his contract, and PSG have basically ignored them.

“As far as the player is concerned, he wants to go to Madrid. He will not sign a new contract at PSG, but as things stand, PSG have decided not to respond to the offer and to keep Mbappe.

“In the short term, they will keep him. But in the long term, he will be a Real Madrid player.”

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Mbappe feels PSG keeping him against his will

Kylian Mbappe feels he is being kept at Paris Saint-Germain against his will amid bids from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have made an offer of €170m (£145.6m) plus €10m (£8.6m) in add-ons for the France international forward and given PSG a deadline of midnight on Sunday to respond.

Mbappe believes PSG promised him they would let him go if they received what they paid for him (€180m/£154m) and are now going back on their word.

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Kaveh Solhekol reports a deal that would see Mbappe move from PSG to Real Madrid is not close, and the Spanish club are beginning to feel it may be better to wait until January

If PSG turn down the offer or do not respond, Real Madrid will switch to their Plan B and sign the player on a pre-contract agreement in January so they can get him for free next summer.

Real and PSG held progressive talks on Thursday, but Sky Sports News has been told a deal is not close yet.

Mbappe has told PSG, who turned down Real’s opening offer of £137m on Wednesday, it is his dream to play for the Spanish side.

His PSG contract expires at the end of the season and he has so far rejected the French club’s attempts to renew his deal.

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French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Real Madrid must return with a better offer if they are to sign Mbappe from PSG

Speaking on Thursday, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi discussed Real’s latest bid with beIN SPORTS, saying: “We’ve always been very clear… the situation, the position of the club.

“We’re not going to repeat it every time. You know our position, it has not changed.”

However, the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director Leonardo was more forthcoming on Wednesday, following Real’s first offer for Mbappe.

He told RMC Sport: “Kylian wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me… I am taking a position that I think is clear to everyone.

“If he wants to leave, we are not going to hold him back, but it will be on our terms.

“Kylian always promised that he would never leave the club for free. That’s what he’s always told us.

“We have no plans to talk to Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. That’s how the transfer window is, but we are clear about this: we want to keep him and extend his deal.

“But we’re not going to let him go for less than what we paid for him, when we still owe Monaco money.”

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Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco in 2017 and signed permanently a year later

PSG signed Mbappe from Monaco in a €180m (£154m) deal in 2018 after a season-long loan.

However, they have only paid €145m (£124m) so far, with the rest due either when Mbappe renews his deal or when PSG sell him.

Mbappe has scored 133 times and made 63 assists in 174 games in all competitions since joining PSG and has helped them to 11 major domestic honours, including three Ligue 1 titles.

Real Madrid have incurred an estimated €300m (£257m) in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic and David Alaba, who joined on a free transfer earlier this summer after his deal at Bayern Munich expired, is the only addition to their squad so far during the current transfer window.

Meanwhile, PSG have signed Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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Real Madrid Mbappe deal could be on hold until January

Real Madrid may wait until the January transfer window to make another approach for Kylian Mbappe, despite positive talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for the forward.

Real and PSG held progressive talks on Thursday following their second bid of £145.6m (€170m), but Sky Sports News has been told a deal is not close yet.

Mbappe has told PSG, who turned down Real’s opening offer of £137m on Wednesday, it is his dream to play for the Spanish side.

According to Sky Sports News‘ sources in France, Real Madrid are beginning to get the feeling that it might be better to wait until January because PSG are not being practical in their negotiations.

Real Madrid can sign a pre-contract agreement with Mbappe on January 1, 2022, and he can move there on a free transfer next summer.

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Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco in 2017 and signed permanently a year later

The forward’s PSG contract expires at the end of the season and he has so far rejected the French club’s attempts to renew his deal.

Speaking on Thursday, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi discussed Real’s latest bid with beIN SPORTS, saying: “We’ve always been very clear… the situation, the position of the club.

“We’re not going to repeat it every time. You know our position, it has not changed.”

However, the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director Leonardo was more forthcoming on Wednesday, following Real’s first offer for Mbappe.

He told RMC Sport: “Kylian wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me… I am taking a position that I think is clear to everyone.

“If he wants to leave, we are not going to hold him back, but it will be on our terms.

“Kylian always promised that he would never leave the club for free. That’s what he’s always told us.

“We have no plans to talk to Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. That’s how the transfer window is, but we are clear about this: we want to keep him and extend his deal.

“But we’re not going to let him go for less than what we paid for him, when we still owe Monaco money.”

PSG signed Mbappe from Monaco in a €180m deal in 2018 after a season-long loan.

However, they have only paid €145m so far, with the rest due either when Mbappe renews his deal or when PSG sell him.

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French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Real Madrid must return with a better offer if they are to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappe has scored 133 times and made 63 assists in 174 games in all competitions since joining PSG and has helped them to 11 major domestic honours, including three Ligue 1 titles.

Real Madrid have incurred an estimated £257m (€300m) in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic and David Alaba, who joined on a free transfer earlier this summer after his deal at Bayern Munich expired, is the only addition to their squad so far during the current transfer window.

Meanwhile, PSG have signed Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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CL draw: Man City face PSG, champions Chelsea play Juventus

Pep Guardiola will be reunited with Lionel Messi – with whom he won two Champions League titles – after Manchester City were drawn to play Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s group stage.

The two clubs are joined in Group A by RB Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge.

Chelsea – who beat Manchester City in last season’s final to lift their second Champions League trophy – will play Juventus, as well as Russian champions Zenit and Swedish champions Malmo.

N'Golo Kante is among a cohort of Chelsea players who shone in the Champions League last season
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Chelsea lifted the Champions League in May after a 1-0 win over Man City in Porto

Liverpool have been drawn into a tough Group B, where they will take on three-time runners-up Atletico Madrid, seven-time winners AC Milan and two-time winners Porto.

Manchester United face a rematch with Villarreal, who beat them on penalties in the final of last season’s Europa League. Also in Group F are Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona – who have won 11 Champions Leagues between them – headline Group E. Barcelona will be competing in the competition without Messi for the first time in 17 years.

Also in Group E are Benfica and Ukrainian title-winners Dynamo Kiev.

Real Madrid – who have won the competition a record 13 times – will take on Italian champions Inter Milan, as well as Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol, who are the first Moldovan side to compete in the Champions League.

Group C contains Portuguese champions Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, four-time Champions League winners Ajax and Besiktas.

Emery kisses the Europa League trophy in Gdansk
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Villarreal beat Man Utd on penalties in the Europa League final in Gdansk last season

In Group G, French title winners Lille face Sevilla, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.

The group stage begins on September 14 and 15, with the final being held in St Petersburg on May 28.

Champions League group-stage draw

Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C: Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

The Champions League final was last staged at Wembley back in 2013
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The final will be held in St Petersburg on May 28, 2022

When will the matches be played?

Matchday one: September 14/15

Matchday two: September 28/29

Matchday three: October 19/20

Matchday four: November 2/3

Matchday five: November 23/24

Matchday six: December 7/8

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Leonardo: Mbappe wants to leave but Real bid not sufficient

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says the club have turned down Real Madrid’s €160m (£137m) bid for Kylian Mbappe despite the player making it clear he wants to leave.

The France World Cup winner, 22, joined PSG from fellow Ligue 1 club Monaco for £166m in 2017 and is out of contract next summer.

Mbappe has won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups at the Parc des Princes.

“Yes, we said no verbally to Real,” Leonardo told RMC Sport. “No one is being held back. If someone wants to leave and our conditions are met, we’ll see.

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Sol Bamba and Nigel de Jong discuss the possibility of Kylian Mbappe joining Real Madrid after the Spanish side made a £137m bid for the Frenchman

“The offer is considered to be a far cry from what Kylian is worth today. We also owe part of this money to Monaco and we consider that the bid is not sufficient.”

Mbappe, who has started all three of his side’s Ligue 1 games this season – scoring in a 4-2 win against Brest on Friday – has also promised PSG he will not leave for free, according to Leonardo.

“Kylian wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me… I am taking a position which I think is clear to everyone. If he wants to leave, we are not going to hold him back, but it will be on our terms,” the former PSG midfielder said.

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“Kylian always promised that he would never leave the club for free. That’s what he’s always told us.

“We have no plans to talk to Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. That’s how the transfer window is, but we are clear about this: we want to keep him and extend his deal. But we’re not going to let him go for less than what we paid for him, when we still owe Monaco money.”

PSG signed Argentina forward Lionel Messi earlier this month after he left Barcelona. Leonardo says the club has tried to prove to Mbappe that he is central to the club’s vision but not “above the project” with their offer of a new contract.

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Sky Sports News’ Michael Bridge assesses the likelihood of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe joining Real Madrid

“Our position has always been to keep Kylian, to extend his deal, that has always been our goal and still is,” the Brazilian added.

“We made two important offers to Kylian: one at the level of the top players in the squad two months ago, and one above these players very recently.”

Real Madrid are now considering whether to make an improved bid for Mbappe, although they believe their opening offer of €160m was fair given they can sign him on a free transfer next summer.

The French forward – who will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with Real on January 1 – wants to leave PSG and hopes the club will allow him to do so.

However, Mbappe accepts negotiations could be drawn out until the end of the window, and he will continue to train professionally in the meantime.

PSG have always been aware that Mbappe is a Real fan and that the club represents his dream move.

‘War has broken out between world’s biggest clubs’

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Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol says PSG and Real Madrid are now ‘effectively at war’ over Kylian Mbappe and relations between the two clubs are now at an ‘all-time low’.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“It’s time to get the popcorn out. War has broken out between two of the world’s biggest clubs. The background to this is that Mbappe has one year left on his contract while PSG are trying to get him to sign a new deal.

“The player himself wants to go to Real Madrid. Two days ago, Madrid made a bid of £137m even though he’s only got 12 months left on his contract.

“That bid has been verbally rejected and PSG are very unhappy about how Real have gone about this. The sporting director Leonardo has been speaking and he says the way Real have gone about this ‘we do not like at all’. PSG believe that what Madrid have wanted all along is to get the player for free next summer, so why have they made this bid?

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“They’ve made it so late in the window knowing PSG would turn it down, just so that Real can turn around and say to Mbappe, ‘look, this is how much we wanted you. We’re even willing to spend this much when you’ve got a year left on your contract’.

“Real are getting ready for next summer, but the only problem for Leonardo is that Mbappe has given his word to PSG that he’ll never leave the club for free.”

‘Mbappe sees himself as the next Messi’

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Journalist Tom s says Kylian Mbappe wants to reach Lionel Messi’s level as the best player in the world and sees a move to Real Madrid as part of that

French football expert Tom s:

“I think this is a huge game-changer. In light of what Leonardo has said to the French media, I think Mbappe is closer now to joining Real Madrid within this summer transfer window than he is to staying at PSG. Leonardo has said that Mbappe wants to leave and it’s the first time that anyone at PSG has confirmed that.

“He’s said that PSG don’t want to sell and that’s been their stance all along. He’s also said that if any player wants to leave, then the club won’t stand in their way provided their valuation is met. He’s basically paving the way for Real Madrid to come back in with another bid.

“Assuming their bid matches what PSG are holding out for, then I think we could see Mbappe standing on the Bernabeu pitch with a Real Madrid shirt within the next week.”