French club Paris Saint-Germain rejected Real Madrid’s offer of 160 million euros, in exchange for the services of striker Kylian Mbappe.
And the sports director of the Paris team, Leonardo, said that “the amount is not enough to convince the Paris team to give up a player who wants to continue in its ranks.”
“Our position has always been for Mbappe to continue with us and to renew his contract,” which expires next June, he added.
The former Brazilian player described Real Madrid’s move to make an offer for Mbappe as “shameful, inappropriate and illegal.”
Leonardo added that if Mbappe “wanted to leave, we would not keep him, but in all cases he would stay or leave only on our terms.”
He continued, “If any player wants to leave, he will leave, and the team’s project will remain above everyone,” noting that the club did everything to convince the player to extend his contract.
And the president of the Paris Saint-Germain club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, had confirmed, after the inclusion of Argentine star, Lionel Messi, that Mbappe no longer had any reason to leave.
The 22-year-old, who won the World Cup with his country, joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, in a deal that cost the club about 166 million pounds at the time.
Mbappe’s contract with his team expires in the middle of next year.
Mbappe scored 133 goals in 174 matches with his team, and won the local league championship 3 times, and the French Cup 3 times.
Real Madrid has lost nearly 300 million euros, in expected revenues since the beginning of the Corona virus crisis, and has not been able to include prominent players during the past two years, except for David Alaba, in a free transfer deal, coming from Bayern Munich.
Prominent defender Sergio Ramos left the team this summer, heading to Paris Saint-Germain, in a free transfer deal, while he sold the defending team, Raphael Varane, to Manchester United, for 34 million pounds, and Martin Odegaard to Arsenal, for 30 million pounds.
It seems that the riyal feels confident in its sources of funding, the current period, to make this offer, as a start to negotiations regarding the transfer of Mbappe.
Paris Saint-Germain made several important deals this season to strengthen its ranks, led by Messi, Ramos, and the prominent Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma.
It seems that the team is also seeking to include Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo before the summer transfer window closes at the end of this month.
Ronaldo’s future appears ambiguous in the Italian Juventus, and if he moves to Paris Saint-Germain, it will be a significant matter for him to join the same team that Messi plays for, after the competition between them lasted more than a decade on the European and international scene, during which they played for the biggest contenders in the world, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.
Can Real Madrid bear the costs of the deal?
For the first time since 1980, the transfer period ended last summer without the riyal making new deals.
The white team has not spent a lot of money on new deals since the summer of 2019, when it included several players, led by Eden Hazard from Chelsea, and the transfers cost the riyal more than 300 million pounds.
On the contrary, the club has left a number of its stars this season, led by Ramos, Reguilon, who went to Tottenham for 27 million pounds, and Achraf Hakimi, to Inter Milan, for 36 million pounds.
In the club’s accounts for the last fiscal year, it was stated that “the current expectation indicates that the recovery from the consequences of the Corona crisis and a return to the previous situation will not be quick, so the club will continue to reduce expenses.”
The club is currently renovating its stadium at a cost of 575 million euros, which it provided through a long-term loan.
The club’s debts reached 910 million euros at the beginning of this year.