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Kylian Mbappe’s transfer intrigues: The truth, and lies explained

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Of 2021 summer transfer window, the intrigues behind it would not be without Paris Saint-German (PSG) star player Kylian Mbappe.

There was a lot that was said regarding his flopped transfer. It is intriguing hearing it all.

But, what is the truth, half-truth and lies in all this? Here is what you need to now.

The Truth About Kylian Mbappe’s Transfer

It was reported that Mbappe informed PSG of his intention to leave the club. This, he says, is far from the truth because he informed the club of his intended exit in July.

In an interview with RMS Sport, Mbappe says he decided to notify PSG of his intention to move to Real Madrid early enough.

He adds that he was genuine that he wanted the French Ligue 1 Club to earn good sums of money from his

Kylian Mbappe with Neymar

Kylian Mbappe with Neymar. []

transfer. His early announcement was for PSG to look for a suitable replacement as well.


“I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend [my contract], I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to find a quality replacement,” he says.

“Personally, I did not appreciate the fact that they said I came [with the news he wanted to leave] the last week of August. I said at the end of July that I wanted to go.”

What Was The Lie?

He negated claims by Par Des Princes that he notified it of his intention to leave in August.

A second lie told was that Mbappe’s relationship with PSG Sporting director Leonardo was frosty. So bad was it that they barely spoke to one another. This, he says was also a false narrative circling around his intended transfer.

A third lie was that he turned down six extension proposals by PSG. He had this to say.

“People have said that I refused six or seven offers of extension, that I do not want to talk to [sporting director] Leonardo, this is absolutely not true.”

What Was Mbappe’s Transfer To Real Madrid All About?

First, Mbappe was determined to leave PSG for Real Madrid with only months remaining to his contract with the French club.

He is grateful that he spent four years at the club and has a lot to say about it in as much as Real was on his mind.

“It is a club that has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years I spent here, and I am still happy.”

However, Real’s third and last offer – £171.6m (€200m)  – to have Mbappe hit a brick wall in the last minute.

But, PSG remained mum on the issue by the end of the summer transfer window deadline on August 31. There was no response to the Spanish club’s offer.

This was despite offering a further £8.57m (€10m) in add-ons according to SkySports.

Besides this, the Spanish club gave PSG a second bid of – £145.6m – up from the initial £137m submitted earlier. PSG rejected this offer terming it a far cry from Mbappe’s real worth.

Leonardo had this to say about the second offer: “The offer is considered to be a far cry from what Kylian is worth today. We also owe part of this money to Monaco and we consider that the bid is not sufficient.”

Soon after the second offer was made, Leonardo said there would be no more talks with Real Madrid on Mbappe’s transfer.

Leonardo said their focus is on keeping Mbappe although he expressed will leave the French Ligue 1 club.

“We have no plans to talk to Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. That’s how the transfer window is, but we are clear about this: we want to keep him and extend his deal.”

PSG shortlist Liverpool's Salah as replacement for Kylian Mbappe

PSG shortlist Liverpool’s Salah as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe. PHOTO: The Independent

So, What Next For Mbappe?

The Frenchman will remain at PSG until next summer in January. Then, Real Madrid will sign a pre-contract with PSG on his transfer. Mbappe says that he is ready to move on a free transfer in January – unless he changes his mind along the way.

Nonetheless, a lot could change between now and then. It all remains to be seen.

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