The future of football star Kylian Mbappé has been a topic of intense speculation, and it all seems to hinge on a pivotal date: 1st August.
1 August holds critical significance in defining the young Frenchman’s destiny, as it marks the expiration of the unilateral renewal clause until 2025, a clause he had declared he would not activate. On this same day, Mbappé is entitled to receive €40 million, half of the 80-million-euro loyalty premium guaranteed in his contract.
The PSG calendar highlights this day in red, signaling the team’s stance that they will not allow Mbappé to leave for free if he does not renew. But unlike in previous negotiations, this time the player holds the upper hand, and it appears unlikely that his future will be decided before the transfer deadline day.
Paris Saint-Germain will be forced to pay him half of the loyalty premium without any certainty about his future, giving Kylian Mbappé the leverage he needs to hold out for another year to secure his desired emoluments.
This unique situation creates an intriguing dilemma for clubs interested in signing the talented forward, especially Real Madrid, who are at the forefront of the race.
Any club aiming to acquire Mbappé’s services must not only bear an astronomical transfer fee but also shoulder the responsibility of the loyalty bonus, a sum the determined Frenchman refuses to relinquish under any circumstances. Waiting until August 1st provides a strategic advantage, as only half of the premium needs to be paid from that point onwards, significantly reducing the financial burden.
For Real Madrid, the situation is both promising and challenging. They recently announced robust financial results, boasting a substantial cash reserve of €128.2 million and access to unexecuted credit lines worth €265 million.
This financial muscle positions them well to pursue the historic operation that Mbappé’s transfer represents, a move that could surpass the record-breaking €222 million PSG paid to Barcelona for Neymar.
The days leading up to August 1st are filled with anticipation and speculation. PSG has given Mbappé a strict deadline to extend his contract, warning that if he doesn’t comply by the end of July, they will put him up for sale to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year. The player’s loyalty to PSG for the upcoming season adds an intriguing twist to the saga.