Stick or twist
PSG are facing a similar situation with Kylian Mbappe as Borussia Dortmund are with Erling Haaland. Both are in possession of two of the hottest young properties in world football, but both have upcoming contractual issues which impact their values.
Haaland’s contract has a £65 million release clause in his contract next summer, which means the club have to sell him this summer if they want to obtain maximum value for him. Mbappe’s current contract expires next summer, meaning the club risk losing him on a free if he doesn’t renew.
Reports from Le Parisien suggest that the French Champions are growing increasingly frustrated by their lack of progression on talks of a new deal and may consider a price drop and sell him for less than they paid Monaco for his services in 2017.
The story is picking up coverage across major European news outlets.
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The World Cup-winning sensation has recently complained about criticism levelled at him this season in France, which may be a sign that he is ready to leave his hometown club and seek a new adventure elsewhere.
Should he decide to do so and if there is anyone with deep enough pockets in a post-pandemic world, he, like Haaland, will be in high demand. Liverpool and Manchester City have both been linked with him in the past as have Real Madrid.
Hopeful of stay
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PSG would of course prefer the player stays and if anyone has the finances to complete a deal it is them.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has previously spoken of his desire to keep him at the club.
“We have a natural relationship, that has been very good since I arrived two months ago.”
“The club and I want him to stay. He’s a player we count on a lot, who is very important to the team. We hope that he will be able to stay on for numerous years at Paris Saint-Germain.”