Paris Saint-Germain are said to be digging their heels as they seek to retain Real Madrid’s strong interest in Kylian Mbappe, as the Spaniards plan to return for the Frenchman in January.
Mbappe, 22, has been Madrid’s top priority for some time, with Los Blancos keen to land the Frenchman during Zinedine Zidane’s tenure and the goal remains the same under Carlo Ancelotti.
However, Madrid met strong resistance from the French giants, with PSG firmly pushing back the Spaniards’ attempts to land their striker, who has a year left on his contract.
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Le Parisien newspaper reports that Ligue 1 have rejected Real’s latest £ 154million (€ 180million) offer for the French striker and are awaiting a third offer for him.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports understand Madrid may have to wait until January to get their man, such is PSG’s determination to keep Mbappe.
At that point, Madrid can enter pre-contractual negotiations with Mbappe, thereby bypassing PSG – which would not be “practical” in talks with the Spaniards.
Despite the landing of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer, Mbappe is desperate to move to the Bernabeu, which is said to be his ‘dream’ of playing for Los Blancos.
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Although reports in England and France paint a grim picture of Mbappe’s Madrid landing in the coming days, Spanish media remain confident that a deal can be reached before the window closes next week. the move will be announced “imminently”.
AS, another Madrid-based sports newspaper, talks about when the move will take place rather than if, claiming that Mbappe’s arrival will complement a ‘luxurious’ Madrid attack alongside Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema.
Indeed, PSG sporting director Leonardo, who earlier this week launched a scathing attack on Real and accused him of “illegal and disrespectful behavior”, said his club were unwilling to negotiate.
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“All I can say is that nothing has changed over the past two days,” the Brazilian told Spain’s El Chiringuito television show on Friday.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti also declined to be drawn to his side’s pursuit of Mbappe when he spoke to the media on Friday ahead of his side’s La Liga game against Real Betis.
“Mbappe’s case is the concern of club officials,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
‘I can not say more. I only think about coaching the team, preparing for the match and managing the players well.
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“Whatever football politics entail, it doesn’t matter to me. He (Mbappe) is a great player but I think we also have great players here. We must give everything so that they can show their qualities.
PSG will travel to Reims on Sunday night in what should be Lionel Messi’s long-awaited debut for the club, but coach Mauricio Pochettino has not indicated whether Mbappe will travel with the squad for the game.
Real visit Real Betis on Saturday following last week’s 3-3 draw at Levante and numerous Spanish media reports say they expect Mbappe to make his debut at the refurbished Santiago Bernabeu on September 11.