Why PSG refused Real Madrid’s billionaire proposal for Mbappé and went for ‘all or nothing’ – Prime Time Zone

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According to various European media, the Spanish club’s final proposal, made in the last hours of the transfer window, was 220 million euros (at current prices, around R$ 1.3 billion) to take the jewel from Princes Park

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Kylian Mbappé during PSG’s French Championship match

O Paris Saint Germain decided to ignore the three advances made by the Real Madrid by Kylian Mbappé, keeping the attacker in the squad commanded by Mauritius Pochettino in the 2021/22 season. According to several European media, the Spanish club’s final proposal, made in the last hours of the transfer window, was for 220 million euros (at current prices, around R$ 1.3 billion) to take the jewel from the Parque dos Príncipes. The player, at the same time, would like to change his air and venture into the Santiago Bernabéu – according to “Le Parisien”, the Frenchman rejected an offer to renew his contract that would yield net annual salary of 45 million euros (R$ 274 million). But, after all, why did PSG make so much effort to hold the athlete, who only has a contract until the middle of next year?

As published by “L’Équipe”, the Emir of Qatar, the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, was the one who stopped the transfer to Real Madrid. The reason would have been one: after hearing the pros and cons of the deal, the “real owner” of PSG said he could not deprive the club, the fans and himself of the chance to see the MNM trio (Messi, Neymar and Mbappé ), even if it was for at least a season. The refusal, it’s true, could cause Paris not to earn millions of euros, as the striker can sign a pre-contract with any team from 1 January and get out for free. Even so, there is hope at the top that Mbappé may change his mind over the course of the season – something that happened, for example, with Neymar, which was prevented from leaving in 2019.

PSG’s insistence, on the other hand, affected Mbappé’s relationship with sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. According to the French press, the atmosphere is tense between the player and the leaders. Those closest to the attacker report that he has already arranged a transfer in this window. Publicly, however, the representative even provoked the athlete during Lionel Messi’s presentation, saying that he would no longer have any reason to postpone the renewal. The Brazilian leader, in turn, gave a message to the athlete via the press during Real’s onslaught. “Kylian is the center of the (PSG) project, but not above all. But if you stay or leave, it will always be on our terms. If you want to leave, let’s go, but in our conditions, like any other player”, said Leonardo last week.

In the field, everything is normal. The team’s top scorer for the past two seasons, Mbappé continues to maintain a high level during his performances. Earlier this season, he has already scored three goals and two assists in four matches played. Last weekend, on Lionel Messi’s debut in the Parisian team, it was the Frenchman who shone, scoring twice and giving PSG the victory over Reims. The hope, now, is that he will continue to shine to the point of helping the team win the dreamed-up cup of the European Champions League, which would be a goodbye with a golden key.