“Mbappé Transfer Saga: Real Madrid’s Pursuit and Barcelona’s Interest | Latest Football News”

Following Mbappé’s announcement that he wouldn’t be extending his contract in Paris past the summer, PSG launched a world-record €300 million ($332 million) transfer bid for the megastar forward from Al Hilal. Mbappé, 24, would still need to accept the transfer himself and agree to terms with the Saudi Pro League club if both parties were to come to an agreement.

However, sources close to the situation revealed that Al Hilal hasn’t directly spoken with the France international and would likely oppose the transfer in any case. While Al Hilal did make an official offer to Mbappé, the player has expressed his sole interest in joining Real Madrid.

Due to his rejection of a new contract with PSG, Mbappé was excluded from the club’s traveling group for Japan. PSG has made it clear that they won’t allow Mbappé to leave on a free transfer in 2024, as club president Nasser Al Khelaifi stated. Mbappé’s options now include renewing his contract with PSG or agreeing to a transfer this summer.

On Tuesday, Mbappé trained with PSG midfielders Leandro Paredes and Georginio Wijnaldum under the guidance of new coach Luis Enrique. Sources indicated that Mbappé appeared joyful and relaxed during the training session.

Adding to the speculation, Barcelona was reportedly planning to make a bid for Mbappé. However, sources from ESPN revealed that the financial constraints of the LaLiga club might make such a purchase currently unfeasible. This raised the possibility that the rumors were an attempt to increase pressure on Real Madrid.

With Karim Benzema’s departure from the club, Mbappé has become Madrid’s primary long-term target. However, Madrid has been unable to secure his signature in previous transfer windows. The club is keen on ensuring a more proactive approach this time, and sources suggest they want either Mbappé or PSG to initiate contact before negotiations can begin.

Madrid is still reeling from last summer’s unexpected turn of events when Mbappé rejected their offer in favor of a new PSG contract. They want to avoid a similar situation this time and have been in regular communication with the player over the past two months, hoping to solidify their position as his future club.

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