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The Kylian Mbappe Transfer Saga: A Game of Odds and Opportunities

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 August 2023, 10:50

As the summer transfer window unfolds, the future of Paris Saint-Germain's star forward, Kylian Mbappe, remains a hot topic in the football world. The 24-year-old French international's contract with PSG is set to expire in a year, and he has reportedly expressed his intention not to renew it. This has triggered a flurry of speculation and betting on his next potential club. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea are among the top contenders, each with its unique appeal and resources. However, the possibility of Mbappe staying at PSG also remains on the table.

The betting odds currently favour a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but the situation is fluid and can change based on new developments and rumours. Let's delve into the reasons why each of these clubs could be an attractive destination for Mbappe, and assess their financial capabilities and potential to win championships and European cups.

Real Madrid1.8
To stay at PSG2.25
Any Saudi Pro League club21.0

Real Madrid: The Frontrunner

It appears that Mbappe’s goal remains a move to Real Madrid, which he can join for free next summer when his contract at PSG expires. Instead of rotting on the Parisians’ bench – he’s been training separately from the main group – Liverpool are offering to sign him on a one-year loan after which he’d be able to complete his move to La Liga. The Premier Leagueis a very attractive destination and Jurgen Klopp is a dream coach for many, but it remains to be seen if the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot winner is ready to settle for Europa League football, though.

Paris Saint-Germain: The Current Home

Paris Saint-Germain had reportedly accepted a mind-boggling £259 million offer from Saudi club Al Hilal for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe, a would-be transfer record. However, the French superstar refused to enter negotiations with the Saudi Pro League giants despite their willingness to sign him on a one-year deal and make him the world’s best-paid player.

Manchester United: The Dark Horse

Manchester United, with odds of 21.00, emerges as a potential contender. The club's rich history and fan base, along with its financial resources, make it an attractive destination. However, the club's recent performance in championships and European cups might be a concern for Mbappe. If United can demonstrate a strong commitment to building a title-winning squad, it could sway Mbappe's decision.

Liverpool: The Premier League Contender

Liverpool, with odds of 26.00, is also in the mix. The club has demonstrated its ability to win the Premier League and European cups in recent years. However, they face significant challenges, including the high transfer fee and Mbappe's substantial salary demands. Liverpool would need to make a strong case for how Mbappe would fit into their squad and their plans for future success.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Newcastle: The Long Shots

Chelsea were also reported to be interested, but after a 11th place finish last season, they cannot offer any kind of European football and will at best be fighting to finish inside top 4 this term. On the opposite side, there is Barcelona who can offer a chance to play in the Champions League alongside Xavi’s high-intensity football. If we take into consideration the financial side of the deal, though, it’s unlikely the Catalans will have the money to get it done.

Bayern Munich: The Bundesliga Giant

Bayern Munich, with odds of 67.00, is also a potential destination. The club has a rich history of winning championships and European cups. However, they would need to convince Mbappe of their project and ambition, and agree to his financial terms to lure him to the Bundesliga.