Real Madrid wants to stand firm in its pursuit of Kylian Mbappé. According to reports, the Frenchman will have a deadline once the calendar turns to January 1, 2024. However, the recent Victor Osimhen contract extension might affect this stance.
Mbappé’s rejections in the past have made Los Blancos likely to need backup plans. Nonetheless, with Osimhen’s newest contract with Napoli, Bernabeu Digital writes that it leaves the Spanish giants in a problematic spot again, depending too much on the need to land the 25-year-old.
“The big problem is that there is some fear that the Frenchman will end up performing the same maneuver that occurred in 2022, which would force the management leadership of the Madrid team to look for alternatives for the PSG attacker,” the outlet noted.
“The Nigerian striker was one of Real Madrid’s top options to reinforce the forward line in case Mbappé stagnated again. The player had had his ups and downs at Napoli a few weeks ago due to a controversial video on TikTok where his figure was mocked, but that seems to have remained a dead letter.”
Now, the La Liga side could go after Osimhen; however, they’d need to probably pay the €120 million termination clause. Meanwhile, PSG is moving in the background. The Parisian has assessed two project scenarios – one implicating Mbappé and the other excluding him. The ball is in his court to see if he wants to continue with the Ligue 1 side.
If the backup plans dwindle, could Real Madrid be more flexible with their reported deadline and give the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner more time to dwell on his future ahead of his free agency next summer?