France striker Kylian Mbappe has turned his back on “several tens of millions” of euros in a bid to ease a possible move away from Paris Saint-Germain
According to a source involved in the negotiations, Kylian Mbappe, the French striker, has sacrificed significant bonuses, amounting to “several tens of millions” of euros, as part of efforts to facilitate a potential departure from Paris Saint-Germain.
The agreement, reportedly made last summer between Mbappe and the club, involved forgoing bonuses totaling around 60 to 70 million euros ($65.6 million to $76.6 million), serving as a financial safeguard for PSG in anticipation of Mbappe’s likely exit when his contract ends in June.
Since the transfer window opened this week, Mbappe has had the freedom to sign with any team of his choice.
Reports from the French newspaper Le Parisien highlighted an alleged ‘loyalty’ bonus of 80 million euros that Mbappe was purported to have been entitled to in September, along with other bonuses that would have summed up to 100 million euros. However, a source close to the negotiations denied these figures.
Mbappe commented on Wednesday, following PSG’s Champions Trophy victory, stating, “With the agreement I reached with the president this summer, whatever my decision, we managed to protect all parties and preserve the club’s peace of mind for the challenges to come – that’s the most important thing.”
This arrangement ensures that PSG is financially safeguarded in case Mbappe, who claimed to have not finalized a decision about his future, departs without a transfer fee.
Reportedly, Mbappe’s 2022 contract secured him an annual salary of 72 million euros, a signing bonus of 150 million euros, and a loyalty bonus that increased from 70 million euros in the first year to 90 million euros in the third year.
By staying in Paris until June without extending his contract, Mbappe could have potentially received a payment exceeding 200 million euros. In the event of a transfer without a fee, he would likely negotiate a substantial signing-on fee with any club he joins in the upcoming summer.
Neither Mbappe’s representatives nor PSG immediately responded to requests for comments when contacted by AFP.