Three reasons why Real Madrid are walking away from the transfer of Kylian Mbappe

A report emerged on Tuesday that Real Madrid would end their interest in Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, for whom they have made three bids in the past, each rejected.

Los Blancos tried to sign Mbappe aged just 16 while he was on loan at Monaco, before swooping for him again as an 18-year-old, but PSG “stolen” him out of their hands.

Two summers ago they came back for it, with Mbappe free to leave the Parc des Princes, but again the Parisians got the better of him.

According to the medium La SER, this is one of the reasons that Real Madrid is said to have decided to end their interest.

The second is that Mbappe will blow up the wage structure at the Santiago Bernabeu. Mbappe would earn at least €20 million, likely much more, while their summer signing only brings in €9 million a year and the top earners are closer to the €10-15 million scale.

Thirdly, at the age of 26, Mbappe does not fit Los Blancos’ transfer policy of only throwing money at young stars.

This report has been denied by Fabrizio Romano, among others, and it seems highly unlikely that they will end their interest in Mbappe now.

While Mbappe is no longer young, he still has the better part of a decade, including his prime, to come to the top of his game.

Money is important, but Real Madrid will get a lot back from marketing and competition success, the chance to sign one of the best, if not the best, strikers in the game for free rarely comes along.