PSG have not given up hope of keeping Kylian Mbappe and are preparing to offer the World Cup winner a huge two-year-deal, according to reports.
With his contract set to expire with the French club this summer, Le Parisien reported that Mbappe had ‘decided to leave Ligue 1 at the end of the season and join the biggest club in the world [Real Madrid], which has always been waiting for him.’
There have subsequently been developments which suggested a deal was far from finalised, with the star striker holding out for three concessions from the LaLiga giants.
And now, as the saga continues, PSG have reportedly not given up on retaining the 25-year-old’s services beyond this season and are prepared to hand him even larger sums of cash to do so.
Kylian Mbappe could receive yet another bumper deal from PSG, who are still holding out hope of keeping him
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi offered a blunt response to questions over Mbappe’s future
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Le Parisien claim that the Paris club will offer Mbappe a two-year salary that will see him pocket almost £70million after tax. That would make him the highest-paid player in European football. In addition to his salary, he would also receive guaranteed bonuses and advertising contracts from Qatar.
He already has an option to extend his contract at PSG by another year, a deal that would see him earn £60million in the next 12 months.
The outlet goes on to say that it was Mbappe’s intention to announce his decision before the Champions League round of 16 clash against Real Sociedad on March 5. But now, Madrid are growing increasingly ‘worried’ by the delay.
On Friday, PSG chief Al-Khelaifi was asked for his take on the situation and only offered reporters a blunt, nine-word response.
On the sidelines of the UEFA Congress in Paris, according to GOAL, Al-KhelaIfi said: ‘When we have both decided, we will tell you.’
Reports had claimed that Mbappe was all set to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side for next season
Previously, president Al-Khelaifi had openly stated that he wanted the forward to stay.
He told RMC: ‘Look, I’m not hiding anything. For sure I want Mbappe to stay. For me he is the best in the world and for me the best club for Kylian is Paris.’
He has been free to negotiate with other clubs since January 1 after entering the final six months of his PSG contract.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the forward, with Le Parisien claiming that ‘Mbappe would be open to joining the Merseyside club.’