The summer transfer window has come and gone, so there’s now many analysis as to what teams did. Of course, the most prominent is Real Madrid missing out on Kylian Mbappé, especially for a second straight summer.
So why didn’t this saga end with the Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium? The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai shared his information as to why the move didn’t occur.
“[Mbappé] is one of the very few options who would put the team on another level and Madrid would have tried to sign him if all the conditions had been met and the player was within reach,” Rai wrote.
“But his contract [which runs until at least 2024] and stance on his future prevented the club from going for him, despite PSG having been much more open to a sale this summer.”
Real Madrid didn’t go for an alternative No. 9 as manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly had other targets. While Los Blancos opted not to sign anyone, the message is clear that they want Mbappé.
The Spanish giants are likely gambling that the Frenchman will reach free agency and that they won’t have to pay a transfer fee. Will it happen? Who knows, but it seems they’re confident enough that another goal scorer wasn’t signed.
Still, PSG plans to extend the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, which would be another blow to Real Madrid. The capital club has built their project around their star player and they have teammates that can surely convince him to stay.