According to ESPN, Real Madrid has made a second, revised offer of €180 million to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.
An initial €160 million bid was turned down on Tuesday, and sources close to Madrid told ESPN that while completing the transaction before the transfer market ends on Tuesday would be difficult, they remained hopeful.
The second €180 million offer consists of a flat €170 million plus a possible €10 million in add-ons, which ESPN insiders say are “very attainable.”
PSG is yet to respond to the second offer, but insiders in Paris have told ESPN that it is likely to be rejected since they want closer to €220 million.
When asked about it at the 2021-22 Champions League draw, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi remarked, “I think our view is pretty clear, as Leonardo indicated yesterday.” “Our stance on Kylian has not altered. Everyone knows that, including Kylian. Our stance is unequivocal and straightforward.”
Mbappe’s contract expires in a year, and he has already turned down many extension offers, putting the Ligue 1 club in the awkward position of risks losing him for free next summer.
From January 2022, Madrid will be entitled to speak with the France forward in the hopes of signing him for free when his PSG contract ends next June.
Mbappe has been a long-term, first-choice target for Real Madrid, which is looking to build a new team to shine at the redeveloped Bernabeu stadium. President Florentino Perez is personally overseeing the negotiations.
The 22-year-desire old’s to join the club has been known for months, and ESPN reported in September that cautious preparations were being made to make a bid for Mbappe this summer.
At the same time, Madrid has been frantic not to act in a way that would enrage PSG and jeopardize a potential transaction as well as the two clubs’ relationship.
According to ESPN, there has been a growing sense of excitement around the Bernabeu in the last week regarding the club’s chances of completing the signing.
Madrid have made about €80 million this summer from the sales of Raphael Varane to Manchester United and Martin Odegaard to Arsenal, and have not paid a transfer price for a first-team player since 2019, preferring to save up for when the time came to bid for Mbappe.