Real Madrid are increasingly confident of completing the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Real and Paris Saint-Germain had positive talks on Thursday after their second bid of 145.6 million pounds (170 million euros), and the deal is understood to be heading in the right direction.
Mbappe told PSG, who rejected Real’s opening £137m bid on Wednesday, that his dream was to play for the Spanish side.
The striker’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season, and he has so far rejected the French club’s attempts to renew his contract.
If Real Madrid cannot complete a deal to sign Mbappe this month, they will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with the 22-year-old from January to join him on a free transfer next summer.
Speaking on Thursday, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi discussed Real’s latest offer with be in sportsHe said: “We have always been very clear … the position is the position of the club.
“We will not repeat it every time. You know our position has not changed.”
However, Ligue 1 sporting director Leonardo was more prepared on Wednesday, following Real’s first bid for Mbappe.
Tell RMC Sport: “Kylian wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me … I take a position that I think is clear to everyone.
“If he wants to leave, we will not stop him, but it will be on our terms.
“Kylian has always promised that he won’t leave the club for free. That’s what he always told us.
“We have no plans to speak with Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. This is the transfer period, but we are clear on this: we want to keep him and extend his deal.
“But we will not let him go for less than we paid him, while we still owe Monaco money.”
Paris Saint-Germain signed Mbappe from Monaco in a €180 million deal in 2018 after a season-long loan.
However, they have only paid 145 million euros so far, the rest is due either when Mbappe renews his deal or when PSG sells him.
Mbappe has scored 133 goals and provided 63 assists in 174 appearances in all competitions since joining PSG and helped him win 11 major domestic titles, including three Ligue 1 titles.
Real Madrid incurred losses estimated at 257 million pounds (300 million euros) due to the Corona virus pandemic and David Alhamd, who joined on a free transfer earlier this summer after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, is the only addition to his squad so far during the current transfer window.
Cafe Solehkull on Sky Sports News in the transfer program
“Major developments in the last few hours, with Real Madrid making a new, improved second bid for Kylian Mbappe worth £145m.
“They made their first offer on Monday of 160 million euros, which was rejected. What PSG are saying is that we don’t want to sell Mbappe at all, but if we want to sell him, we want to sell him for the number we paid. Monaco for him: 180 million. euro.
“But in reality, they have only paid 145 million euros to Monaco so far. The other 35 million euros are to be paid if they sell him, or if they renew his contract.
“In terms of Real, they have offered 170 million euros for a player they can get for nothing next summer, so they feel it is a fair price – they will make money from it – for a player they know wants to come to Madrid.”
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