As Kylian Mbappé’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain draws to an end, there is still a lot of conjecture around his future. Mbappé’s current contract expires at the end of this season, and while negotiations are ongoing to extend it, Liverpool and Real Madrid are speculatively considering signing him on a free transfer.
Although Mbappé hasn’t decided what to do with his career yet, he may currently sign a pre-contract agreement this month with teams outside of France before completing a free move in the summer. Even if there isn’t a transfer fee, the 25-year-old superstar will cost a lot of money in any transaction.
Liverpool is fully aware of this, and according to Spanish publication Le Figaro Sport (via Anfield Central), both Real Madrid and the Reds are prepared to pay a substantial signing-on fee in addition to a “colossal” salary of $38 million (£30 million/€35 million) annually. That would easily make Mbappé the highest paid player for the Reds, with the superstar from France perhaps taking home a cool $735,000 (£580k/1150k) every week.
An offer like that might make people wonder more about Mohamed Salah’s future at Anfield, but it might not even be enough to entice Mbappé. According to The Telegraph, he is hoping for a raise from his startling PSG pay in his next contract. He anticipates taking home almost $82 million (£64.5 million/€75 million) after taxes. At $1.6 million (£1.2 million/€1.4 million) a week, Liverpool would have to drastically overhaul its pay structure.
The Reds and Real Madrid are extremely unlikely to spend even close to that amount, and Mbappé’s representatives will certainly demand a substantial transfer fee if they want to move on. This is due to his readiness to forfeit money that PSG owed him in loyalty bonuses after he attempted to leave last summer. The sum is estimated to be worth “tens and tens of millions.”
After Al Hilal made a record-breaking bid to sign him last summer, it implies that teams in Saudi Arabia are practically the only ones that will think about reaching those current expectations.
Although it appears that the drama will last for a few more months, PSG manager Luis Enrique says things are going as usual for him. “Do you know how many years I have been in the elite of world European football?” he asked Amazon Prime Video earlier this week. I was born in a changing room where constant remarks were being made by people, gossip, lies being manufactured, and so on. That’s so normal to me that I don’t mind.
Mbappé scored for PSG against Lens last weekend once more. This season, he has 23 goals in all competitions.