Saudi money has achieved a milestone that neither the most prestigious clubs in the world such as Real Madrid (Spain) or Manchester United (England), nor the most financially powerful clubs such as Manchester City (England) and Newcastle (England) have ever reached before: getting PSG to agree to negotiate for their franchise player, Kylian Mbappé.
No more and no less than 300 million are the reasons that have led the Parisian club, run from Qatar, to change its transfer policy
Aware of their star player's intention not to renew his contract and, therefore, that a possible departure of the striker at zero cost is on the horizon, the situation has shaken the Parisian leadership, who could lose their two best players in a single summer: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé. Moreover, these moves, who knows, could indirectly lead to the departure of the striker who completed a dream trident, Neymar Jr.
For the first time since being acquired by the Qatari Royal Family, PSG have had to negotiate for the best player in the club's history.
For weeks now in France, PSG-affiliated media have been reporting on the disastrous situation in which the club would be left with Mbappé leaving the club for free. So this summer is the first of many in which PSG will have to get down in the mud and compete with the rest of the clubs who do not have multi-million dollar injections from any government.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/hKhqYXC7tH— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 24, 2023
Faced with this situation, all the experts and communicators with direct sources from the French player's family, the PSG leadership and the ever-present Real Madrid are focusing all their attention on the decision that Kylian may take. While it is known that the player's dream is to play for Real Madrid, having rejected on more than one occasion to play for the white club leaves the door open that the striker prefers to join a league that in the last year has not stopped signing European football stars. 700 million euros for a single year is a figure that very few people could refuse.
The Parisian club's top brass, Nasser al-Khelaifi, made a tough decision to get tough: renew or not playing next season because he believes Mbappé betrayed them by agreeing to join Real Madrid in June next year. No matter how you look at it, Saudi Arabia's delightful proposal seems to be a safe solution in this situation. However, Mbappé still has the option to leave PSG and sign for Real Madrid as a free agent in 2024 despite this attractive proposal.
The background of the Parisian club, who are colloquially known as a "golden prison", has alerted the French Players' Union, who claimed that Mbappé could be being morally harassed by PSG. To defend the striker's rights, the Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionels (UNFP) has also threatened the club with legal action. "These players, all of them, must enjoy the same working conditions as the rest of the professional squad," the UNFP said in a statement.
Compared to Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for 222 million euros, Mbappé's offer would make him by far the most expensive footballer in history. Part of a determined recruitment drive to lure top football players to the country, the offer represents Saudi Arabia's most ambitious move yet.
Saudi teams have intensified their pursuit of star players from Europe's top leagues since Cristiano Ronaldo decided to join Al-Nassr in December. Karim Benzema, a former Real Madrid star and current Ballon d'Or winner, joined 2018 World Cup winner N'Golo Kanté at Saudi champions Al-Ittihad last month.
Kylian Mbappé could have other teammates with European football experience alongside him. Andre Carrillo (Peru), Malcom (Brazil), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Milinkovic-Savic of Serbia and Ruben Neves of Portugal would be among his team-mates. Al-Hilal are trying to assemble a collection of stars to win the Saudi Arabian League once again, in addition to continuing to compete for the Asian Champions League, a competition they have won four times in 1991, 2000, 2019 and 2021.