Last week, the Madrid sports daily AS put on a layer. Another One to announce that the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, would launch the big maneuvers to recruit Kylian Mbappé next summer. For three seasons, we have not counted the number of covers and articles aimed at linking the fate of the world champion to that of the legendary club in the Spanish capital. Without that for the moment, nothing happens. It is easy to be convinced that the striker of Paris Saint-Germain and the France team will necessarily join the White House one day, the Parisian number 7 having never hidden his inclination for the Madrid club where his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
Twice, the Spanish leaders tried to attract the young prodigy at the age of 14 first and then when he left Monaco in the summer of 2017. Each time, their advances ended in failure. The third opportunity, if it presents itself, will it be the right one? It will first be necessary to ensure that Kylian Mbappé, in contract until June 2022 with PSG, will leave the Parisian club next summer.
For now, let’s say that the 21-year-old does not show an inordinate desire to extend his lease and that a form of resignation begins to win the Parisian leaders. The latter could therefore be forced to sell it in 2021 rather than see it go free a year later. The level of Ligue 1 and the fear of feeling cramped there are some of the reasons that would push “KMB” to leave France. In that sense, the choice of the more competitive La Liga makes sense. The attraction exerted by Zinedine Zidane considered as one of the best coaches in Europe too.
Barça and Juventus in ambush
But recruiting the 2018 world champion comes at a price (200 million euros at the very least), and it is difficult to know what state will be the finances of Real Madrid next year if the season were to continue behind closed doors. Especially since the Merengue are not the only ones in the ranks. Liverpool are clearly the other club that could host the top scorer in L1. Jürgen Klopp has never made a secret of his desire to one day train the Parisian striker. He has even already met Mbappé and his entourage in Monaco in 2017 to convey his enthusiasm to them. And in terms of competitiveness, the Premier League has nothing to envy to La Liga. For his part, Mbappé is also seduced by the project of the English champion, who has the sporting and financial means to meet his expectations, he who receives 21.6 million euros gross annually in Paris.
Other clubs are in ambush like Barça, but they do not have the favors of the French to date. It should be remembered that in 2017, the Catalan club had remained on the lookout in case of failure of negotiations with PSG. Its leaders had even provided the Kid de Bondy with a plane to reach Barcelona on the last day of the transfer window. In Spain, it is written today that Victor Font, candidate for the presidency of Barça in 2021, would have made the recruitment of the tricolor crack an electoral argument. Unlike Chelsea, Juventus would not have given up on their intention to attract him either. But the Old Lady goes far, far away.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr