The signing of Kylian Mbappe, who is 24 and has a year left on his contract with PSG, would cost between 160 and 180 million euros, according to leading sites that estimate the market value of footballers.
The CIES football observatory values the player, who was kicked out of PSG’s summer pre-season tour for refusing to renew his contract until 2025, at 163.2 million euros, considering he has just one year left on his contract.
This estimate will increase to 261.8 million euros if the player’s contract is for three years or more. Two of the transfer market reference sites, Transfermarkt and Football Benchmark, give similar figures of around 180 million.
PSG will wait until July 31, the deadline president Nasser Al-Khelaifi set for the player to find out if he will renew until 2025, to begin evaluating offers. In any case, Mbappe would have to agree to a transfer, something he has publicly rejected as he intends to honor his contract until 2024 (when he can be signed for free by another club).
French media continue to name Real Madrid as the favourites, who were close to signing him in 2021, but their offer of around 200 million was rejected. However, Saudi Arabian and English clubs have also been mentioned as interested.
PSG are seeking to recoup some of the 180 million they paid Monaco in 2017, a sum that comes on top of the player’s stratospheric salary of around 70 million a year, signed with a renewal in 2022.
If the issue is not resolved, the French press reports that Mbappe could go a year without playing, as happened in 2019 with Adrien Rabiot, who also refused to renew. However, it would be the most unlikely outcome, given that in 2024 there are the European Championships and the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Luis Enrique’s side have already landed in Tokyo, where they will begin their Asian tour on Tuesday with a match against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr. Thousands of kilometers away, Mbappe was left to train with those whom PSG wants to sell.
The French footballers’ union has already warned that this situation could lead to “moral harassment” by PSG. In any case, on Saturday, PSG’s all-time top scorer showed no signs of stress and even signed autographs for some fans waiting for him at the gates of the Poissy sports complex.