Barcelona will not pursue a move for Kylian Mbappe in the summer transfer window, clearing the way for Real Madrid to land the PSG talisman.
According to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid will likely have a clear run at Kylian Mbappe in the summer transfer window. Barcelona will pursue a move for the Paris Saint-Germain attacker, cooling interest in him after denying claims that they contacted him.
Kylian Mbappe is poised to soon complete one of the most shocking transfers of all time, as he is running down his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.Since arriving from AS Monaco nearly half a decade ago, the 23-year-old has been a pivotal figure for Les Parisiens. And he has been their talisman this season despite the presence of legendary attackers like Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has amassed 26 goals and 17 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions for PSG thus far this term. But Mbappe is in the final few months of his contract with the Ligue 1 heavyweights and has rejected their overtures over signing a contract renewal. Such a situation has captured the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Real Madrid unsuccessfully attempted to sign Mbappe in a nine-figure deal last summer, with PSG keeping hold of the French international in the hope of renewing his contract. Los Blancos’ interest in Mbappe has only grown stronger during the ongoing season, and they had been hoping to have secured his signature already.
But even though Mbappe has not formally reached a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid, the Merengues should have no problems snapping up the 23-year-old. That is despite claims from recent reports pointing towards Barcelona joining Real Madrid in the race to sign Mbappe.
Xavi Hernandez is overseeing a youth revolution at Barcelona, with the Blaugrana playing a brand of eye-catching football that had been missing for some time. But the Catalan giants are yet to fill the void left by Lionel Messi’s departure, which has prompted them to show interest in Erling Haaland.
But Haaland will likely join either Manchester City or Real Madrid, which could be why Mbappe has emerged as a viable alternative on Barcelona’s radar. But contrary to the suggestions from recent reports, Barcelona will not pursue Mbappe in the summer transfer window, even denying claims that the two parties are in touch.
With Barcelona ruling out a summer transfer for Mbappe, Real Madrid’s path has been cleared, with the Merengues likely to complete a Bosman move ahead of the 2022/23 season. As for Barcelona, it remains to be seen who the Blaugrana will set sights on to bolster the attack.