When Kylian Mbappé opted to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain after the 2021-22 season, he did the club a favor in more ways than one.
The first way is obvious. The 23-year-old Mbappé is already a FIFA World Cup champion with France and he’s won countless domestic trophies in France with PSG as well as led them to a UEFA Champions League final birth in 2020. This season, he’s lighting up the Paris SG live scores with his incredible pace and shooting ability. Any team would do whatever it takes to have a player of Mbappé’s ability and Paris has him.
The second way is that by signing a new contract that will keep him at the club through the 2024-25 season, Mbappé has given PSG the opportunity to sell him after next season if they decide they want to cash in on his value. Prior to last season, Real Madrid made a bid for Mbappé but PSG turned it down and decided to gamble on their ability to convince him to stay. If their gamble didn’t work out, PSG would have lost the player on a free transfer—meaning they would get nothing for arguably the best player in the world.
Now that the ink is dry on Mbappé’s contract at PSG, we can start to think about how the next three years will play out. There’s no doubt the Frenchman will stay for the 2022-23 season and you would have to imagine he sticks around for 2023-24. After that, PSG will have to decide once again whether they want to sell or keep the player for the duration of the contract.
In my opinion, if PSG can’t win the Champions League over the next two seasons, it would be smart to sell Mbappé to the highest bidder and use that money to reinvest in a complete rebuild. By that time, Neymar’s contract will be close to completion and Lionel Messi will likely be playing on another continent.
It’s been reported that Real Madrid will never return for Mbappé after he made them and their supporters look like fools, but I don’t believe that. Mbappé will still be in his prime and there’s clearly admiration between the two.
Manchester City is a popular destination for Mbappé, but considering the frosty relationship between the PSG and City ownership groups, I don’t see that deal going down. The same goes for Newcastle United FC. I just don’t see it happening. Chelsea FC could be a dark horse option if Mbappé wants to go to the Premier League to test his talents and if Arsenal FC ever gets its act together, they might be an attractive destination as well.
Splashing on high-priced players isn’t really something FC Bayern Munich does and no club in Italy can afford Mbappé’s transfer fee or wages. With that all being said, the likeliest candidates for Mbappé would be Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. If the Catalans can sort out their finances in time, they may be able to beat their rivals to the signature of Mbappé.