Kylian Mbappe set to leave PSG by summer

Kylian Mbappe will depart Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this summer.

Mbappe, who is out of contract this summer, informed PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi of his choice on Tuesday, and the club expects him to join Real Madrid.

The conditions of Mbappe’s departure have still to be settled, as the two parties debate whether he will go for a fee or forego his own earnings.

PSG expects Mbappe to honor his promise that he will never leave on a free transfer.

PSG and Mbappe are expected to make an announcement in the coming months after an agreement has been reached.

Real Madrid has a long-term interest in the 25-year-old forward, who would have to accept a wage reduction to join the Spanish club, despite their willingness to make him the highest-paid player in their history.

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Real Madrid made an offer of €220 million (£188 million) for Mbappe in August 2021, which PSG declined. The attacker then elected to sign a new three-year contract with PSG, which expires this summer.

If Mbappe extends his contract by another year, PSG will value him at €150 million (£128 million) in the forthcoming transfer window. They accepted a €300 million (£256 million) offer from Saudi club Al Hilal last summer, but Mbappe declined.

Mbappe’s departure will be the next stage in PSG’s strategy to transition away from the individualistic Galacticos era and towards a more youthful side focused on the collective. This began when Neymar, Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and Marco Verratti were permitted to leave.

The departure of Mbappe, whose salary cost PSG €200 million (£171 million) per year, would free up finances for the club to replace their star player, and many additions are expected this summer.

Warren Zaire-Emery, 17, and Bradley Barcola, 21, have launched PSG’s new project, and the French club has the youngest roster in the Champions League this season. Xavi Simons, 20, who is now on loan at RB Leipzig, is another player regarded as important to PSG’s future.

Simons and Zaire-Emery are set to be renewed by PSG, while Barcola signed a five-year contract with the club from Lyon in the summer.

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