Al Hilal SFC, a club based in Saudi Arabia, has reportedly offered €300 million (£259 million) for Kylian Mbappé, with the option to pay the forward €200 million for a one-year stay.
The Road to Real Madrid via Al Hilal SFC
After deciding to sell Mbappé until he signs a new contract, Paris Saint-Germain decided to hold him out of their preseason tour of Japan.
However, there have been no discussions between Al-Hilal and Mbappé, and PSG believes the 24-year-old has committed to join Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer, thus PSG will accept Al Hilal SFC offer.
Mbappé will be offered a record-breaking salary by Al Hilal SFC of €200 million per year, with the potential for his annual earnings to reach €700 million thanks to commercial deals and image rights. Since it could work out better for Mbappé to come for just one season, the club is willing to offer him a contract that would shatter football’s financial standards, even by the standards of the recent Saudi Pro League. Lionel Messi was promised around $350 million per year by Al-Hilal to leave PSG and join their team, but instead he signed with Inter Miami.
PSG’s Efforts to Keep World’s Top Player
Mbappé reportedly informed PSG in writing in June that he would not be exercising his right to a one-year contract extension next summer. Nasser al-Khelaifi, president of the club, said earlier this month, “If Kylian wants to stay, we want him to stay.” However, a new agreement must be signed by him. We can’t afford to lose the world’s top player without compensation. In 2018, Mbappé transferred to PSG for £166 million from Monaco.
How Saudi Pro League Attracts Top Players
This summer, clubs in the Saudi Pro League have spent astronomical sums on bringing in European players. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which also owns Newcastle United, is the majority owner of Al-Hilal, one of four teams in the kingdom that recently recruited Rben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Kalidou Koulibaly. They are finalizing their purchases of forwards Malcom from Zenit St. Petersburg and Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham.
Mbappé came close to signing for Real Madrid last summer, but ultimately decided to extend his contract in Paris instead. Barcelona paid PSG €222 million in 2017 to acquire Neymar, whose contract would end in June 2025.