Real Madrid have made a €160m (£137m) bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.The 22-year-old French world champion joined PSG in 2017 in a £165.7m transfer and his contract expires in June 2022.

PSG sporting director Leonardo said the club would not prevent Mbappe but said Real Madrid’s offer was not enough. “We think the proposal is far from Kylian’s expense today,” he told French radio station RMC Sport.

Mbappe scored 133 goals in 174 games for PSG and won three Ligue 1 titles and three French trophies.

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“If a player wants to leave, it has to be within our conditionality. It doesn’t just apply to Killian, it applies to all players,” Leonardo said.

“If he wants to leave, we won’t keep him, but that’s on our terms.”

Real, who have lost 300 million euros hugely due to Covid-19, only signed defender David Alaba on a free from Bayern Munich in the summer.

However, that summer Sergio Ramos moved to PSG while another highly profitable one, Rafael Varane, was sold to Manchester United for £34 million and Martin Odegaard moved to Arsenal for around £30 million.

Real clearly feel confident enough to make the switch to one of the most respected players in the world.

Leonardo said PSG made “two big offers” to keep Mbappe at the club and saw the Frenchman as “the center of the project” at the club.

“Kylian wants to leave, it seems clear to me – our goal is to renew his contract and keep him,” Leonardo added.

“We spoke to him a lot, he always said the same thing to us. He always promised not to leave the club freely.

“This [Real Madrid offer] is less than what we paid for. But we don’t like the way Real Madrid do it.” It is not known what the fee structure is.


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