Kylian Mbappe's absence from the PSG squad traveling to Japan has raised eyebrows, but the reason behind it was made official by Paris Saint-Germain on the day of Luis Enrique's arrival: resign, or leave. The decision to leave him out is clearly geared toward a sale of the Frenchman this summer, confirmed Fabrizio Romano.
PSG has declared that the young forward is now available on the transfer market, and this move has left many wondering why, but that shouldn't be something people wonder about anymore.
Sources within Paris Saint-Germain told to Romano that "the club didn't receive satisfactory answers from Mbappe" before the deadline they offered him expired earlier this week, and that PSG "strongly believe that he has already reached an agreement with Real Madrid to join them on a free transfer in the summer of 2024."
Faced with this reality, PSG has taken the proactive step of initiating negotiations without any restrictions on which club can make an offer for Mbappe and sign him.
PSG are inviting all interested clubs to submit bids for the French superstar this summer in an effort to get some money from his transfer instead of losing him as a free agent next summer.
The chances of Mbappe extending his contract with PSG seem "bleak," and the club has "virtually given up hope" on securing his long-term commitment. Mbappe is under contract through June 2024, though, so it's not that he needs to do anything to keep playing at PSG or cashing out checks for another year.
With the departure of legends like Lionel Messi last month and Mbappe this or next month, Paris Saint-Germain's identity is evolving toward the "Frenchified" ideal proposed by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Luis Campos.
PSG still "aspire to sign big names in football," according to Romano, although the message they are now conveying is that "no player is considered bigger than the club itself."
This development is not only a signal to the player but also a clear message to Real Madrid. If the Spanish giants are truly interested in acquiring Mbappe now, they will have a chance to do so by paying a hefty sum this summer. If they decline to do that, though, they will be able to sign Mbappe for free after next season assuming he doesn't sign a long-term deal with another club.