Real Madrid have pulled out of negotiations for Kylian Mbappe with Paris Saint-Germain unwilling to sell the forward this summer, meaning he will likely remain in France.
It was reported earlier on Monday that the French side were happy to dig their heels in and not allow Mbappe to seal his dream move, even though he only has one year left on his current deal. There is currently no indication that he will sign a new contract at Parc des Princes.
Real had lodged a bid worth €180m (£154m) but that wasn’t enough to convince PSG to sell, and RMC Sport now report that negotiations have stopped between the two clubs.
They add, however, that fresh communication ‘cannot be ruled out’ before the end of the transfer window.
On that view, the Telegraph claim Real are planning one last bid for Mbappe before the window closes. They say PSG would want close to €210m, and Real are said to be willing to match that figure with their third bid.
The €180m bid was turned down because PSG believe Mbappe is worth significantly more than that, our sources have learned. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have shown no real willingness to engage in any talks with Real, making a potential sale in the final few days of the transfer window unlikely.
Mbappe started for PSG during their Ligue 1 clash with Reims on Sunday, scoring both their goals in a 2-0 win as Lionel Messi made his debut for the club following his switch from Barcelona earlier this summer.
Mbappe played during Lionel Messi’s debut for PSG
The 22-year-old’s desire to leave for the Bernabeu has been public knowledge for some time now and while he is still pining for the switch, he remains happy to see out the final year of his contract before leaving for free if an agreement cannot be reached.
PSG hope to convince him to sign a new deal and have brought in a host of big names throughout the transfer window, including Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum.