On Monday morning L'Equipe dug deeper into the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga, questioning whether Real Madrid will make a move before the summer transfer window closes.
The Madrid club's actions have been under close scrutiny ever since the French international expressed his written desire not to extend his contract with PSG until 2025.
Both Paris and Doha are convinced that Real Madrid "might present an offer" in the final days of the transfer window. Said offer is expected to be "ridiculous" with Madrid expected to lowball PSG to add controversey to the saga.
According to reliable sources, Real Madrid will hold back and won't submit any offers until Mbappe publicly declares his intention to leave PSG this summer and submits a transfer request to his current team.
However, the World Cup winner's stance remains unchanged as he plans to fulfill his contract that expires on June 30, 2024. Consequently, Real Madrid won't make a move until he enters free agency next summer. The Spanish club's leaders aim to maintain composure and exercise control over the situation, opting to wait patiently.
On PSG's side, the board remains firm in refusing any concessions and won't sell Mbappe for cheap if there is not an offer that they surely like and deem optimal according to their valuation of the player.
As things stand, it appears highly unlikely that Kylian Mbappe will be in the starting lineup for the first official match of the season against Lorient this Saturday in MD1 of the Ligue 1 campaign. This situation might repeat during the trip to Toulouse next week.
However, if Mbappe eventually expresses his desire to join Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez is rumored to be willing to pay €180m this summer to guarantee the signing of the Frenchman, with speculation that the figure could even reach €200m if PSG push Madrid.