For the last few years, it seemed as though Real Madrid was counting down to the day that they would land Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé after failing to land him when he departed AS Monaco.
The Spanish club is pulling all the stops to ensure the 23-year-old signs with them this summer when his contract expires next month. At the start of the year, many believed that the France international would be heading to Los Blancos.
Furthermore, when PSG crashed out in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, it gave more fuel to Mbappé. However, he has yet to sign a pre-contract with Real Madrid.
Now reports are suggesting that Mbappé could extend with PSG. If Real Madrid fails to land the long-time target they’ve had their eye on for the longest; Foot Mercato writes that it would be the biggest failure in the history of Real Madrid regarding the transfer window.
“[Florentino] Pérez has been waiting for [Mbappé] for several years and reaches out to him, and such a reversal of the situation would leave the Madrid president and the Madrid institution in a real embarrassment. But also, because under the backdrop of the transfer window, there is this duel between historic clubs from the Old Continent and club-states,” Foot Mercato wrote.
“With a Real Madrid that wants to keep its throne as the biggest club in history and show that clubs like PSG or Manchester City are still very far from being able to sit at its table. Losing a record that seemed won against Paris would therefore be a more than symbolic defeat.”