Kylian Mbappe has made headlines this week as reports indicate he turned down an offer from Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal for a world-record transfer fee. Reliable sources indicate Mbappe and his representatives declined meeting with Al Hilal officials in Paris to discuss any potential move with them.
Al Hilal’s interest in Mbappe was made known when they submitted a bid worth PS259 million to PSG, who granted permission for personal talks between Al Hilal representatives and Mbappe himself. A delegation from Al Hilal reportedly visited Paris to persuade Mbappe to join their ambitious project while simultaneously finalizing the purchase of Brazilian forward Malcom from Zenit St Petersburg.
L’Equipe reports that Mbappe and his team have shown no interest in entering negotiations with Al Hilal, suggesting it never seriously considered as a possibility for his future career goals. Instead, his sights may lie elsewhere.
Mbappe’s uncertain future with PSG has been the subject of much speculation since June when he informed them of his intention not to extend his current contract beyond 2025. Due to this development, he will become a free agent next summer and can explore potential pre-contract agreements with other clubs from as early as January onward.
PSG have yet to officially confirm Mbappe’s departure, but sources within the club are confident he has already agreed a free transfer deal to Real Madrid next summer for free transfer. Parisian sources estimate Mbappe can potentially earn himself a signing-on fee of EUR160 Million (PS138 Million). Should he choose this route instead of running down his current contract and moving away in 2024.
Though Mbappe’s decision not to accept Al Hilal’s offer may come as a blow for them in Saudi Arabia, it demonstrates his wish to carefully consider all his options and find the ideal club for his promising career. With top clubs vying for his signature, his transfer saga is sure to keep football world guessing until everything has been determined definitively.
Football enthusiasts around the globe eagerly anticipate further developments of Kylian Mbappe’s illustrious career, both fans and pundits are curious as to what his next step may be; will it take place at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or will fate lead him elsewhere? Only time will tell but one thing is certain – Mbappe’s transfer saga will remain riveting to football enthusiasts everywhere.