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Kylian Mbappe to Man Utd back ON as Sheikh Jassim eyes ‘franchise player’ – Real Madrid still pushing for PSG star

Kylian Mbappe, France, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between France and Denmark at Stadium 974

Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring a goal for France in the World Cup

Manchester United could reportedly sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe if Sheikh Jassim’s takeover of the club is completed as expected. 

The 24-year-old has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract and has so far refused to sign an extension, despite PSG’s best efforts. 

The French club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is trying to convince Mbappe to pen a new deal. If he doesn’t however, PSG could sell him sooner rather than later to avoid losing him on a free transfer. 

Al-Khelaifi told reporters in July: “Our position is very clear. If Kylian Mbappe wants to stay – and we want him to stay – he needs to sign a new contract.

“We cannot let the best player in the world right now leave for free. That is impossible.”

As reported by TEAMtalk, Real Madrid have been considered the favourites to sign Mbappe for a long time. It’s thought the Spanish giants could make a £103m bid for him late in the transfer window.

It now seems, however, that Man Utd could throw their hat into the ring for Mbappe if their takeover is completed swiftly.

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Sheikh Nassim wants Mbappe at Man Utd

According to reports from Spain, as cited by the MirrorMan Utd still hold an interest in signing Mbappe.

It’s claimed that Sheikh Jassim wants to make Mbappe the Red Devil’s ‘franchise player.’

The billionaire has previously claimed he wants to “return the club to its former glories both on and off the pitch” and signing the PSG striker would certainly go a long way towards that.

Mbappe has scored a near-supernatural 213 goals in 261 appearances for PSG, as well as making 98 assists. This gives him an average of 1.19 goal contributions per match.

If he could replicate those numbers in the Premier League, the Frenchman has the quality to turn Man Utd into serial title contenders again.

Sheikh Jassim’s £6bn takeover of Man Utd is on track to be completed by mid-Octoberso Man Utd fans will hope that Real Madrid fail to buy Mbappe this summer so that they can swoop for him in January.

Los Blancos are still pushing to sign him, though, so Erik ten Hag and Sheikh Jassim will no doubt be watching on anxiously to see if Mbappe departs the Parc des Princes in the next couple of weeks.

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