On Saturday, May 8, Paris Saint-Germain announced that Neymar Jr. had signed a contract extension that will keep him in the French capital until 2025. The spotlight now turns to the club’s other superstar.
Kylian Mbappé’s current deal with PSG expires after next season and he has been relatively quiet when it comes to his intentions. Of course, the media is more than happy to run with transfer rumors and speculation, but no one really knows what the France international intends to do, not even an online casino.
The options are simple. Mbappé can choose to sign a contract extension with PSG like Neymar and delay his departure until the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and clubs around Europe are a bit healthier when it comes to their finances. Or, he can inform PSG he wants to leave, and then it’s up to the club whether they want to find a club willing to pay their asking fee or let the 22-year-old run down his contract and leave on a free after next season.
The best-case scenario would be for Mbappé to sign a one or two-year extension. All parties win in this scenario. PSG gets to keep Mbappé and make another run at the UEFA Champions League and if he does, in fact, want to leave at the end of the deal, finding a club willing to pay Mbappé’s hefty fee would be more likely.
If Mbappé decides now is the time to depart his hometown club, it would send PSG in a bit of a scramble and make signing players this summer more difficult. Real Madrid and Liverpool FC are the two clubs most closely linked with Mbappé but in this climate, how much could PSG realistically expect those clubs to pay with no revenue from fans in the stadium?
In the case of Real Madrid, they are in the midst of renovating their stadium and they would have to offload Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard first to even come close to meeting PSG’s asking price for Mbappé. Liverpool may need to offer PSG Mohamed Salah and/or Sadio Mané plus cash to make the transfer work.
Assuming PSG were able to come to an agreement with a club for Mbappé, the rest of Europe would know the French giants were even more flush with cash than they typically are and there would be an expensive tax placed on any player PSG expressed interest in.
Whatever Mbappé decides to do, PSG must be ready to act. It will set off a domino effect much like the one we saw when Neymar decided to leave FC Barcelona in 2017. This summer could either be chaotic or the calm before the storm. We’ll just have to wait and see what he decides to do.
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