Romano hints at Mbappe U-turn with ‘agreement’ in place for €700m Man Utd, Chelsea target

Lewis Oldham
PSG star Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe could leave PSG.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has hinted that PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe could end up accepting a move to the Saudi Pro League this summer.

Mbappe is out of contract in 2024 and the World Cup winner has reportedly made it clear that he does not intend to extend his stay in Ligue 1 with PSG.

The attacker has been heavily linked with Real Madrid over the past couple of years and they are still leading the race to sign him.

But after Mbappe’s contract stance was revealed, Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham have all reportedly made contact with his representatives to express their interest in him.

Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal have also been pursuing Mbappe in recent weeks. They have reportedly offered him €700m a year and €300m to PSG as a transfer fee but it was revealed on Wednesday that he has rejected a move to the Middle East.

However, Romano has indicated that Mbappe has simply snubbed the Saudi Pro League “for now” and we will see “if Al Hilal stay in Paris and try to negotiate again”.

“I can confirm that Kylian Mbappe has decided not to negotiate with Al Hilal, as first called by L’Equipe. This is the decision of the player as of today, so let’s see if it changes or not, but for now, he has decided not to meet with the Saudi delegation in Paris,” Romano told Caught Offside.

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“To reiterate, Al Hilal have offered €200m guaranteed salary for one year plus commercial deals, and 100% of the image rights to the player – a package of €700m to the player in just one season.

“This was a huge, historical proposal, but Mbappe’s position today is that he doesn’t want to sit down and negotiate with any Saudi club, in this case Al Hilal. Let’s see if Al Hilal will stay in Paris and try to negotiate again or try offering a different deal, but sources feel that Mbappe wants to continue in Europe.”

Romano has also confirmed that Mbappe has “an agreement with Real Madrid to join them as a free agent” in 2024.

“PSG were prepared to accept the €300m bid from Al Hilal – a world-record bid, so obviously something PSG would accept as they want to sell Mbappe, but the player has said no,” Romano added.

“PSG remain 100% convinced that this is happening because Mbappe has an agreement with Real Madrid to join them as a free agent in summer 2024 – they feel that is the only move he wants. Let’s see what happens in the next days and weeks and if Real Madrid will try to anticipate the deal.

“It’s very important to tell things day by day and moment by moment more than predicting future as no one knows that, not even PSG. At the moment, there are no other concrete negotiations despite links with many clubs.”

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