Al-Hilal has moved in an attempt to sway Kylian Mbappé to at least spend one season in Saudi Arabia. While this interest might not threaten Real Madrid, the Spanish club understands that another European club could be a threat.
CBS Sports reporter Jonathan Johnson notes in the latest episode of “The Debrief” that Al-Hilal’s offer puts pressure on Los Blancos. Instead of playing the waiting game until 2024, when the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner becomes a free agent, Real Madrid might have to act now.
“Now, the other interesting possibility, and I’m sure that PSG are really keeping a very close eye on this, is the fact that Al Hilal [is] now coming in and putting this offer in, this formal offer and PSG granting [Mbappé] permission to at least discuss it, that suddenly puts a bit of pressure on Real Madrid. Real Madrid will be looking at this thinking table, this kind of offer.
“Then a club, European based with significant financial working behind them, possibly a club from the Premier League, could come in and do similar. And although it wouldn’t be on the same financial scale as the offer from Al-Hilal, it would probably be more convincing for him from a sporting standpoint.
“So suddenly, that agreement that PSG suspect is in place for 2024 between Real Madrid and Mbappé could have serious competition from a club that puts a long-term project at an enticing offer, both financially and in sporting terms, in front of him and suddenly turns its head unexpectedly.”
PSG-Real Madrid Talking via an agent?
Real Madrid needs a striker for this 2023-24 season after the exit of Karim Benzema to Saudi Arabia. While reports suggest that Mbappé only sees them as the viable option, they can risk him hearing out pitches.
As a result, it’s no surprise that the Spanish club has reportedly begun discussing a Mbappé transfer through an agent. It will be ideal for both sides to secure a deal, allowing everyone involved to start new chapters.