Paris Saint-Germain are two matches into their preseason schedule ahead of the 2023-24 season, but performances on the pitch have taken a backseat to the ongoing Kylian Mbappé saga.
Up first, I go on my opening rant about Mbappé. As things stand, PSG believes Mbappé has already agreed to join Real Madrid next summer on a free transfer. So the club is now entertaining offers for the Frenchman, and they reportedly have a massive one on the table. Al-Hilal has reportedly submitted a bid of €300 million for Mbappé along with wages in the €700 million range. Both would smash current records.
The atmosphere between Mbappé and PSG is contentious, to say the least, but ultimately, it’s up to Mbappé whether he stays in the French capital or leaves. If he stays, Mbappé will likely be benched for the season or play very little. If he leaves, for either Al-Hilal, Real Madrid, or another club, PSG would benefit by way of a transfer fee and getting rid of a massive distraction in the dressing room. We’ll see how this one plays out.
The show continues with an interview with PSG Hub. We begin with a discussion about PSG’s preseason match against Al-Nassr. PSG Hub shares how he saw the match and which players stood out, including Cher Ndour, Achraf Hakimi, and Noha Lemina.
We then turn our attention back to Mbappé, and PSG Hub shares his thoughts on the latest developments regarding the Parisian superstar. I asked him about the legalities of benching Mbappé for a season and whether PSG could recall Xavi Simons from loan at RB Leipzig should Mbappé leave.
PSG Hub also shares the latest on Harry Kane. At times, this transfer felt like it wouldn’t happen with FC Bayern Munich leading the way for his signature, but reports continue to leak out highlighting PSG’s interest. Given PSG’s relationship with Tottenham Hotspur, a transfer can’t be ruled out, and Kane would only be the fourth Englishman to suit up for PSG.
We conclude the show with PSG Hub sharing his favorite signing of the summer and outlining other transfers the club needs to secure before the window closes.
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