Kylian Mbappe: PSG give Al-Hilal permission to speak to French superstar over £259MILLION move, with club chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi intent on selling wantaway forward after being left out of pre-season tour
- Al-Hilal have made a world-record offer of £259million for Kylian Mbappe
- The Saudi Arabian side have been granted permission to speak to him by PSG
- There remains interest in the striker from the likes of Man United and Chelsea
Paris Saint-Germain have granted Al-Hilal permission to speak to Kylian Mbappe after a stunning world record £259million bid for the forward.
Mbappe has been put up for sale by the French champions after refusing to sign a new deal with one year left on his contract and could now join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia.
PSG will now allow the Saudi Arabian club to speak the 24-year-old, who was left out for their pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea.
News of the bid came earlier on Monday, and PSG were always likely to accept to as president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no intention of losing him for free in summer 2024.
If completed, the deal will eclipse Neymar’s £198m move from Barcelona to PSG as the most expensive transfer in football history.
Al Hilal have been granted permission to speak to Kylian Mbappe after a £259million bid
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (left) has no intention of letting Mbappe leave for free in 2024
The offer on the table would reportedly see Mbappe earning a staggering £600m in just one year.
It remains to be seen if the striker will accept the deal though, as he has long been keen on a move to Real Madrid – which could still be on the table in summer 2024 if Al-Hilal put a release clause in their hugely lucrative one-year contract.
Mbappe came desperately close to joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side in 2022.
But he performed a sensational U-turn and staying at PSG, putting pen to paper on a new deal.
He has continued to be linked with a ‘dream move’ to the Spanish giants, and PSG believe he has already agreed to join them for free in 2024.
The move to Saudi Arabia could provide a compromise, with PSG getting a lucrative transfer fee, and Mbappe still moving to Madrid in 12 months’ time if they can meet his release clause.
But Mbappe’s future may not be at either Al-Hilal or Real Madrid.
At least five clubs reached out to French giants PSG over the weekend to register their interest in the attacker, according to Sky Sports.
If completed, the deal would eclipse Neymar’s £198m move from Barcelona to PSG as the most expensive in football history
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez may have been one of those to reach out to PSG, with the Spanish giants heavily linked with signing Mbappe for free next year
Chelsea and Manchester United also remain keen on signing Mbappe, 24, this summer
Three of those clubs are Premier League teams, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all keen on Mbappe.
United are looking to bring in a striker this summer after Cristiano Ronaldo left midway through last season.
They have been linked with Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund, as they look to add to their front line after signing midfielder Mason Mount and goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Meanwhile, Chelsea only managed to score 38 goals last term, finishing down in 12th place. They have brought in Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson since then, but it appears a move for Mbappe appeals to their big-spending owner Todd Boehly.
Spurs could lose Harry Kane this summer, with Bayern Munich refusing to give up in their pursuit of the England captain, and the north London club may view Mbappe as the ideal replacement.
There has also been interest from Europe, with Barcelona and Inter Milan making contact with PSG. A switch to Barcelona would be a major shock given Mbappe’s admiration for their bitter rivals Madrid.
Inter made last season’s Champions League final, and signing Mbappe would be a major coup, with the club looking to bring in reinforcements after Edin Dzeko moved to Fenerbahce and Romelu Lukaku snubbed a return to the club.
PSG have received a mix of offers, with the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal being discussed.
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