Paris Saint-Germain have been adamant they will not let Kylian Mbappe leave the club for free, but there are just over 10 weeks before that is out of their hands.
Mbappe’s contract expires in the summer of 2024, but he is able to negotiate with other teams and sign a pre-contract from January 2024, meaning time is running out for PSG to tie him to a new deal.
While they managed to convince him to stay with just a few weeks left on his deal last time out, they will no doubt be keen on a similar timeframe.
The assumption is that all roads lead south to Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu, but given that Mbappe has rejected Los Blancos on three occasions, nothing can be taken for granted.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool and Chelsea are monitoring his situation and will negotiate with Mbappe if he is to leave on a free.
PSG want to renew him for another year and sell him next summer to bring in some cash for the club, but the Premier League duo will only commit their considerable wealth to the matter if Mbappe goes on a free – as he could be the case for Real Madrid.
For Los Blancos, if they feel they are competing with other teams in terms of wages, they could use Jude Bellingham’s approach.
Liverpool and Manchester City were willing to offer Bellingham more money, but Real Madrid convinced the 20-year-old to sign for the Kings.