The rumours of Kylian Mbappe, the young generational football star’s move to possibly the greatest club in the European football, Real Madrid had been buzzing around since 2019, back when Cristiano Ronaldo used to be the talisman forward for the Los Blancos, made his historical transfer to Juventus.
The rumours have certainly changed to reality as we saw Real Madrid president Florentino Perez make his move for the striker by discussing a proposal of a package worth €160 million (£136.9 million, $259m) for the Frenchman. But as soon as the bid was offered to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, the club’s sporting director Leonardo confirmed the club rejected a €160m (A$259m) offer for Kylian Mbappe from Real Madrid and admitted that the superstar wants to leave but only if Real Madrid met the clubs’ expectations to which the Galacticos followed up by offering a second and final offer of around €180 million which has been reportedly accepted by the French top-flight club according to multiple resources. In a transfer window that has seen the major move of all, via Lionel Messi, we might not have seen the last plot twist.
Perez has become obsessed with Mbappe, the 22-year-old who has already won the World Cup, represented his country 48 times and scored 133 goals in PSG colours. Indeed, when Carlo Ancelotti came back to Madrid as head coach this summer, Perez directly made clear to the Italian that Mbappe will be the main attention for incoming transfers over the next 12 months. “It is a total obsession for Florentino,” claimed a source close to Madrid.
Real Madrid has seen themselves struggle financially and still get out of the debt while a lot of clubs have suffered more than them during the pandemic. The club goes from having net debt of €240 million in the 2019/20 season to €46 million in the 2020/21 season (DEBT/EBITDA RATIO 0.3X). The club has equity amounting to €534 million and cash of €122 million as of 30th June 2021.
The signing of the generational superstar would not only end their attacking issues on the pitch but also bring on the table a lot of profit off the field.
Real Madrid saw themselves signing Eden Hazard for around €120 million two years ago which was supposed to be a fortune-changing transfer for the Spanish giants but was not very significant because of the constant injuries of Belgium forward.
The likes of Vinicius Jr., Asensio, and Rodrygo even though being very good attacking options, could not provide the attacking edge to the squad by scoring consistently and the club had to depend on Karim Benzema for nearly two to three seasons. Mbappe will be given the task of modifying Real Madrid’s attack as he will bring along with him a lightning-fast pace and consistent habit of scoring goals which the club really needs at the moment if they want to target the UCL again in the future.
After the departure of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, La Liga has been missing that eminent figure who rules the league and Mbappe would be keen to sit on that throne.
Talking about the off-field advantages, Mbappe can bring Real Madrid a type of global attention that no current Real Madrid superstar can provide. The merchandising and jersey sales would be skyrocketing and the profits earned by just a sole signing would be astonishing. The club would profit from new commercial opportunities, which would help with any financial issues following stadium renovations, and give La Liga a much-needed marketing boost as well.