Kylian Mbappe ‘is set to sign for Real Madrid’ as he prepares to say his goodbyes at PSG ahead of blockbuster move… as Spanish press say striker will have the highest release clause in world football and be the top earner at the Bernabeu
- Spanish newspapers believe Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is close
- They say the France striker will say his farewells to Paris Saint-Germain this week
- An official announcement will then be made after the Champions League final
- 23-year-old has flown back from Qatar and will meet with his family and agent
- AS report Mbappe will become the highest earner at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid are reportedly inching closer to the signing of Kylian Mbappe with the French star preparing to spend his final days with Paris Saint-Germain.
The 23-year-old has been in Qatar but is set to return to Paris for a final meeting with his family and representatives to determine his future.
And the excited Spanish media seem to believe that an official announcement of Mbappe’s Bernabeu move will be made after Real have played Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 28.
Tuesday’s newspapers in Spain are dominated by news of Kylian Mbappe’s apparently imminent move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid
Marca also lead on the story with Mbappe poised to sign for the Spanish champions
Mbappe won the French footballer of the year award for the third successive year on Sunday
‘First Paris, then Mbappe,’ is the headline on Tuesday’s edition of AS, referencing the fact the final is to be held at the Stade de France.
They report that Mbappe plans to say his goodbyes at PSG in the next week, with Real officially announcing the free transfer after the final.
AS report that Mbappe will be the highest paid player in the history of the club and his release clause will be the largest in world football, with a five-year contract set to be signed.
Marca also lead with Mbappe, with his face on their front cover and the headline: ‘Yes, Mbappe has finalised the agreement to become a Madrid player.’
It all appears to be heading quickly towards a conclusion after Mbappe teased that an announcement is imminent at the Ligue 1 awards ceremony on Sunday night.
‘I can’t say about my future but you’ll know very soon… it’s almost decided,’ the French international said.
Mbappe has enjoyed an outstanding season, scoring 36 goals across all competitions
Mbappe was named Ligue 1’s player of the season for the third consecutive year on Sunday
‘This isn’t the right moment but yes, yes… my decision is almost done’.
He was named Ligue 1’s player of the season for the third consecutive year at the awards ceremony.
Mbappe has helped PSG regain the league title, scoring 25 goals and providing 17 assists – topping the charts for both statistics. Overall this season, he has 36 goals and 26 assists.
Confirmation of a move to Real Madrid would finally bring to an end a transfer saga that has raged for almost a year.
Los Blancos tried to sign Mbappe last summer, but PSG rejected multiple bids worth up to £154million.
In France, meanwhile, sports daily L’Equipe reference the opening of the Cannes film festival by awarding Mbappe the ‘Palme du suspense’ for keeping us all guessing whether he will stay at PSG or move to Madrid.
He is mocked up on the red carpet on their front cover, with the paper saying the eyes of the world are locked on the star.
French paper L’Equipe mock Mbappe up on the red carpet as the Cannes Film Festival begins
PSG are desperate for Mbappe to sign a new contract with the powers-that-be at the Parc des Princes eager for him to go to the Qatar World Cup later this year as a PSG player.
It all means that Mbappe’s final game in PSG colours could be this Saturday’s home fixture with Metz, which concludes their league season.
Although Mauricio Pochettino’s team have won the championship by a comfortable margin, they again failed in the Champions League, collapsing spectacularly in their last-16 tie with Real Madrid having led 2-0 on aggregate.