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Mbappe: PSG will consider sale if Real Madrid offer €200m

PSG have rejected a bid of €160m from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappé but L'Equipe reports that the Ligue 1 giants may sell if the offer is increased.

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Mbappe: PSG will consider sale if Real Madrid offer €200m

Real Madrid’s opening bid of €160 million for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé caused something of a shock at the Parc des Princes. The 22-year-old France international has long been linked with a move to the Bernabéu and has rejected several contract extension offers from the Ligue 1 side with a view to making the switch to Spain next summer when his current deal expires, but Madrid’s offer has got PSG thinking. L’Equipe’s front page on Wednesday read “Real go on the attack” and there are those in Paris who are wondering just how far Florentino Pérez is willing to go.

Although the initial offer was rejected out of hand, the amount came as a surprise to the PSG bean counters. Sources within the club have confirmed that they were not expecting an opening bid to be quite so succulent and are now considering putting a price on Mbappé to test Madrid’s resolve to land the forward this summer rather than waiting a year when he will be a free agent. According to L’Equipe, that figure stands at €200m. The French daily suggests that PSG may even slap a few more euros on to that to see if Madrid are in the market to break the world transfer record of €222m set by the Parisians when they signed Neymar.

French media believe Mbappé may be Madrid-bound

Although the intention of the club is to retain the World Cup-winner to form a mouth-watering attack alongside the Brazilian and Leo Messi, in the absence of a contract extension and the prospect of losing a player who cost €145m excluding add-ons for nothing is not one PSG are particularly enamoured by. Mbappé has also made his intention to leave the French capital abundantly clear and several French media outlets, including L’Equipe, RMC Sport and Le Parisien, are increasingly convinced the transfer could go through before the deadline on 31 August.

PSG, however, still believe Mbappé can be persuaded to stay. The player is reportedly quite happy in Paris and will not force the issue while at the same time hoping Madrid and his current club can come to an arrangement.