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L'Equipe: PSG-Madrid Mbappé negotiations break down

The French outlet maintains that the Spanish club have decided to call off the negotiation process for the player as the transfer window closure looms.

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L'Equipe: PSG-Madrid Mbappé negotiations break down
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Many French outlets including L'Equipe claim that Real Madrid have broken off the negotiation process with French side PSG in their attempts to sign striker Kylian Mbappé with the transfer window set to close on 31 August.

According to L'Equipe, everything points to the French player staying in his native Paris and any move to Spain being postponed to the summer of 2022 when Mbappé becomes a free agent.

The outlet also maintain that PSG deny that Real Madrid increased their bid for the player to 200 million.

Mbappé speculation

Mbappe has been the centre of much transfer speculation having apparently told the club he wants to leave. Real Madrid are seemingly the only runner in the race to sign a player who is in the final year of his current contract at PSG.

There was no questioning his commitment to his current employers on Sunday, though, as the 22-year-old scored twice at Stade Auguste Delaune, in the process overshadowing a debut appearance off the bench for new recruit Lionel Messi.

Madrid have reportedly had two bids rejected for Mbappe, with sporting director Leonardo making clear PSG hope he stays in the French capital.

"Kylian is our player," Pochettino said in his post-match interview on Amazon Prime after a fourth straight win at the start of the new Ligue 1 season.

"You know in football there are rumours, but I think our president and our sporting director are very clear, he is here.

"We are very happy to have him here, that is. He is one of the best players in the world. It's a gift to have him."