Mbappe to stay at PSG as Real Madrid withdraw from transfer negotiations

Mbappe to stay at PSG as Real Madrid withdraw from transfer negotiations

The French striker remains at Parc des Princes after no deal could be reached

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe will not be joining Real Madrid this summer after the latter pulled out of negotiations to sign the young striker. Target has learned.

Initially, it was certain a deal could be reached, but the Spanish side would not give in to PSG’s demands for a €200 million (£175 million/$235 million) fee.

As things stand, Mbappe will now finish the remainder of his contract – which expires at the end of the season – in Paris, where he will stand alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Really ready to wait for Mbappé

Los Blancos have already rejected two bids by PSG for Mbappe, the latest worth €170m (£146m/$200m), plus €10m (£9m/$12m) in add-ons.

The Spanish giants were confident that the second offer would be enough to bring in the 22-year-old superstar, who has made it clear that he wants to move to Madrid.

With PSG steadfast, however, it now seems unlikely that a deal can be reached before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, meaning Mbappe will remain at the Parc des Princes for now.

The former Monaco forward has turned down no fewer than six PSG contract extensions – and with his current contract expiring at the end of the season, the French club is at risk of losing him for nothing.

Real Madrid only have to wait until January to open negotiations with Mbappe, who can then sign a pre-contract agreement to go on a free transfer next summer.

Despite transfer speculation, Mbappé started for PSG against Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win.

After the game, coach Mauricio Pochettino praised Mbappe for his contribution and said it was a “gift” to have the player on his team.

Several of his team-mates also expressed hope that the striker would stay with the club, and it seems they got their wish.

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