Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea were all been linked with a momentous Kylian Mbappe coup on Tuesday, and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has lifted the fog on the speculation.
The 23-year-old was the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid earlier in 2022. His contract was due to expire in the summer, though in late-May, Mbappe committed his future to PSG.
The extension reportedly made him the highest paid footballer in the world, netting him north of £900,000-a-week.
However, Spanish outlet Marca recently claimed his future will come to a crossroads in 2024.
Mbappe signed a three-year deal running until 2025, though it’s reported the final 2024/25 season is optional.
As such, it’s claimed he could be on the move after two years and English trio Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool were listed as potential destinations.
All three have shown a willingness to spend big when the time is right. Even if Mbappe were to move on as a free agent, the salary demands involved would ensure a colossal financial commitment is required.
Man Utd in particular would fancy their chances given their financial might and prestige. An Mbappe arrival would go some way to responding to Man City’s brilliant Erling Haaland coup.
However, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the situation and according to the Italian, fans should be wary about getting their hopes up just yet.
Mbappe to Man Utd? Romano weighs in
“Mbappe has only recently extended his contract with PSG, so I think it makes little sense to discuss any club at the moment, including Manchester United.”
If Mbappe does leave Paris, the common consensus is a deal will have to go through Real Madrid first.
Mbappe has repeatedly refused to squash speculation linking him with a move to the Bernabeu even after signing his PSG extension.
What’s more, Sky Germany’s Jan-Aage Fjortoft is of the belief Mbappe could be in Madrid as early as 2023.
Fjortoft said: “I said it when he signed: he has agreed with Qatar to stay in Paris for one season due to the World Cup. Then Real Madrid next summer.”
The connection there is PSG are Qatari-owned and France are a genuine contender to lift the World Cup.
The idea of Mbappe lifting the World Cup in Qatar while contracted to the Qatari-owned PSG would represent a significant PR coup.
Mbappe to Premier League highly unlikely
While it’s true to say Chelsea and Man Utd in particular could afford an Mbappe deal, the chances of him moving to England look remote.
If he does leave Paris, all the signs point towards Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema is 34 and while he remains an elite performer, time is undoubtedly against him.
Furthermore, when speaking about the idea of joining Real in the future in early-September, Mbappe did little to dampen the speculation.
“You never know what is going to happen,” said Mbappe.
“I’ve never been there, but it seems like it’s my home or something like that.”