Exclusive – Paris Saint-Germain have told Kylian Mbappe he will not be allowed to leave the French capital this summer – as the club’s owners want to see him form a strike force with Neymar and Lionel Messi for at least one season.
PSG have agreed an initial two-year contract with Messi following his departure from Barcelona last week, with official confirmation on his free transfer expected by Wednesday at the latest. Messi arrived in Paris on Tuesday afternoon to complete the deal.
Messi’s departure from Barcelona came as a shock when it was announced on Thursday, but the former French champions were quick to make their move following the news.
As 90min confirmed, Messi’s good friend Neymar had been pushing his bosses to move for the 34-year-old for a number of weeks before the breakdown in plans to renew at Barcelona. He has spoken on a number of occasions of his desire to reunite with his former teammate, while he has also struck up a good relationship in Paris with Mbappe.
Together, the trio will form the highest-paid strike force in world football.
Mbappe, though, is out of contract in 12 months and the subject of strong interest from Real Madrid – with president Florentino Perez determined to bring him to Santiago Bernabeu for more than two years. He has thus far refused PSG’s offer of a new contract and as it stands, will be able to talk to other clubs from January 2022.
Real Madrid were set to contact PSG to make a last pass at trying to persuade them to sell Mbappe this summer, but 90min has learned from sources close to Mbappe and Real that PSG now do not plan to sell in 2021. PSG instead prefer Mbappe to form a part of their new-look, all-star lineup.
PSG believe they could yet persuade Mbappe to sign a new deal over the next year, but if not, they are willing to let him leave for nothing rather than sell this summer.
PSG sources believe that with Mbappe in the team, they are more likely to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League – something they have never been able to accomplish since Qatari Sports Investments bought the club nearly a decade ago.
QSI have also brought in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Danilo Pereira this summer, with the squad now better equipped than ever to become European champions.