Real Madrid made a bold attempt to sign French international Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain as the striker continues to delay signing a new contract.
The sudden prospect of losing one of Europe’s most exciting young players would be a huge setback for PSG, but it immediately sparked a mouth-watering suggestion that selling Mbappe would allow The French club signs Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus as his replacement.
The prospect of watching Ronaldo join Messi in Paris will stun the footballing world, as will the prospect of three of the game’s biggest stars playing for new clubs within a few days of each other.
It remains to be seen if Mbappe and Ronaldo will follow Messi in making a shocking move, but one that promises to be a great end to the transfer window.
Telegraph Sport I reported earlier this month that PSG may have to sell Mbappe In the wake of the arrest of Lionel Messi, who grabbed the headlines, the 22-year-old moved into the final year of a deal he signed when he arrived from Monaco for €180m in 2018.
Mbappe was already resisting attempts to get him to sign a new contract before Messi arrived on a free transfer deal from Barcelona and it seems he has no intention of changing that position despite the Argentina international being a colleague in Paris.
Although reports in France claim that PSG turned down Real’s £160m inaugural offer, it has always been difficult to understand how they can cover the cost of Messi’s massive wage demands and continue to risk losing Mbappe for a fraction of his true market value next summer.
PSG have insisted publicly and privately that they do not want to sell Mbappe and have indicated that Messi’s arrival has done nothing to change that.
But Real have long been coveting the player, and it is clear that he was encouraged to make an offer due to the contract being suspended.
Sources in Spain have also indicated that Mbappe would like to move to Spain now rather than wait until he becomes a free agent in 2022.
Real Madrid have been struggling with financial issues in recent years, but seem to have found the money to fund a show. It remains to be seen if they have the resources to make an improved tool to lure PSG.
It would be a powerful and timely statement about the enduring appeal of the Spanish giants after La Liga mourned Messi’s loss in Ligue 1 and Barcelona publicly admitted they were in a difficult financial situation with outstanding debts of more than £1 billion.
The fact that Messi left at the age of 34 at the end of his glittering career and that Mbappe arrives with the best years of his career ahead of him is a coup.
Although the sight of two all-time greats lining up side by side in Paris would more than make up for it.