Real Madrid and their president Florentino Perez are still convinced they can poach Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. According to the Spanish newspaper AS, the France captain has already informed the club that he wants to play for them in 2024. There is a little problem with that, though.
Mbappe signed a contract extension with PSG just last summer. That deal is expected to last until the summer of 2025 when Mbappe's contract will run out.
The little details in the contract, though, tell a different story. The truth is that Mbappe's contract runs out in June 2024, with a one-year option attached to it. Mbappe and PSG must agree to execute it, though, so if any party doesn't feel like it Mbappe would then become a free agent slightly over a year from now.
Real Madrid have already informed Mbappe that they will only try to sign him for free in 2024 instead of paying PSG any transfer compensation, forcing the France international to break his relationship with PSG early by not executing his one-year option.
According to AS, Mbappe remains "totally determined to make his dream of playing for Real Madrid become a reality." The newspaper mentions how the captain "feels that time is passing and how the dream of winning the Champions League at PSG has become a utopia," with that being the main reason for chasing a move away from Paris and onto the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid will only try to sign Kylian Mbappe... if the player makes a bold move
Mbappe would reportedly "wish to leave Paris this summer," but it is believed the French club won't be willing to open the door for him barring "a major surprise." That, by extension, leads to a potential exit in 2024 to settle his "promised" move to Real Madrid.
Manu Sainz, writing for AS, thinks that "Mbappe is convinced to take that step and has already told high-level authorities at Real Madrid that he will them, at the latest, in time for the 2024-25 season."
Real Madrid, scarred by what happened last summer when they thought they had convinced Mbappe only to be ridiculed by PSG and the player denying them the transfer, have decided they "will not make any false move" and leave it all to Mbappe to be the one forcing a move out of Paris by releasing himself of his contract early.
The only way Real Madrid will attempt to sign Mbappe is, therefore, under a free-agent agreement and once the French world champion gets released by PSG for free as soon as June 2024.
Before the move is completed, though, Real Madrid and Mbappe would need to reach a personal agreement in terms of the contract he'd sign with the Spanish giants, and also regain the confidence and trust of the supporters of the Spanish capital club after they insulted and criticized him just a year ago when Mbappe made them bite the dirty dust.
Gotta deal with that, Real Fam.