What have Madrid done with the €214m they offered for Mbappé?
Since they presented their failed offer to Monaco for Kylian Mbappé, Madrid have only spent €140.5m euros on new singings, but earned €196m from player sales.
The latest Football Leaks documents published by Der Spiegel have revealed that Real Madrid had reached an agreement with Monaco on July 20, 2017 for Kylian Mbappé for €180 million (€214 million, including taxes) before the Frenchman eventually signed for PSG, his preferred destination.
So what has Madrid done with all of that money that at one point was available to sign Mbappé? Part of it has gone on other signings, but a significant amount has remained in the club’s piggy bank.
Since the Mbappé deal fell through, Madrid has invested €140.5 million on new players: Rodrygo, Thibaut Courtois, Álvaro Odriozola, Mariano and Andriy Lunin. Although Vinicius just arrived this summer, the Brazilian is not included as the club had paid €45 million in May 2017, which was before the failed Mbappé deal.
The largest investment since July 20, 2017 has been Vinicius’ compatriot Rodrygo, who also cost the club €45 million. But the young Santos player is yet to make his move to Madrid and is expected to arrive next summer. That means only three of those five signing are now in the Madrid first team (Odriozola - €30m, Courtois - €35m, and Mariano - €22m), while Lunin, who cost €8.5 million, is on loan at Leganés.
Incomings from players sales
The result is that Madrid have taken in €55.5 million more than they paid out since the Mbappé deal fell through, which can be added to the €214 million they saved from the failed attempt to sign the Frenchman. In total that is (to lend the words of Johann Cryuff) €269.5 million in the bank and not on the field.