The French PSG striker ends his contract in less than six months and can now negotiate with any team. Madrid trusts the will of the player.
After twelve chimes it will be January 1, 2022, Spain and France will change the year and Kylian Mbappé will have total freedom to sign a new contract with the football team of his choice. Like it or not Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint Germain who throughout last summer constantly rejected transfer offers from Real Madrid, including the last one that exceeded 200 million euros.
That hot offensive by Florentino Pérez at the end of August ended in the negative, but he had a spin-off prepared for January. “In January we will have news, we hope that on January 1 everything can be solved,” explained the Madrid president a couple of months ago. January, January, January …
Mbappé’s contract with PSG ends on June 30 and FIFA rules establish that footballers with less than six months of contract in force are free to sign preliminary agreements in other destinations. Conclusion: Madrid is facing a unique opportunity in its history. All the great signings of the last decades came after payment of a significant sum of money: Cristiano Ronaldo (94 million), Zidane (77), Figo (60), Ronaldo (45), Beckham (25), Modric (30), Benzema (35), Ramos (27), Kroos(25) … None, without counting homegrown players, landed at zero cost.
FREE, BUT NOT FREE
It is not a 100% free formula, of course, because it normally requires negotiating a transfer premium, which will be one of the highest in history in this case, and the classic commissions to agents or family members, but it is cheaper than compensating with 200 million to PSG. This is how Madrid did it with David Alaba, with whom he began to chat last winter and who arrived in Valdebebas after ending his contract with Bayern, in June 2021. And he will do so with Mbappé, already aware of the higher echelons of Chamartín that they have the favorable attitude of the French footballer.
Despite everything, at the Bernabéu they know that they will not be able to announce the forward on January 1, not even in the first week. They assume that the PSG sheiks will make several more attempts to renew their star, even more so considering that the year of the Qatar World Cup begins and that both teams will face each other in the knockout stages of the Champions League. They are also aware that some of the great clubs in Europe will make some desperate calls to the player’s environment. The opportunity is unique for everyone. The offers will accumulate at the table of the Mbappé family and the figures will be astronomical, but in the capital of Spain, they trust the wish of the attacker.
FIRST MBAPPÉ, THEN …
The negotiation and subsequent decision of Mbappé will be the first domino tab in the Madrid transfer market. The white team is already working on the 2022-2023 season with the name of the Frenchman written in gold letters. Still on probation, but it is. At his side Benzema, who renewed in August until 2023, and Vinicius, whose salary will improve in the coming months. There are also Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Camavinga, and a Modric who has given plenty of reasons to extend an agreement that ends in June. In defense, with Alaba, Mendy, and Carvajal as fixed, a talk has already been scheduled to raise Militao’s salary. In goal, Courtois will be the guardian for several more years.
The turn of the departures and arrivals will then be opened. Marcelo, Isco, and Bale end their contract and will leave, leaving a gap in the staff and the salary pyramid for new protagonists. The dynamics will be the same as with Courtois, Hazard, whose future is pending of the level that he shows in the second half of the season, Alaba and Mbappé: signings at zero cost or in the last year of his contract. In that sense, Rudiger, Chelsea center-back, likes and fits in, and there is always the doubt with Pogba, who fell in love with Zidane and who is released in June. But they are all supporting actors in Mbappé’s film.