The transfer window will enter the “Mbappé zone” on January 1, 2024, when Kylian will be able to negotiate with any club of his choosing. Obviously, Real Madrid is the other major variable in this equation. The Spanish club’s position is clear: they are still interested in signing Mbappé, but not at any price.
The player’s quality is undeniable and still relevant (18 goals this season). His media impact is also huge. That’s why the plan to sign him remains in place. As AS reported, Real Madrid will make its offer to Mbappé on New Year’s Day. Fayza Lamari, Mbappé’s mother and agent, will be present. However, after the experience of 2022, Real Madrid will seek a definitive answer before a deadline of January 15. It is understood internally that this is enough time for Kylian to decide if he wants to play for Real Madrid. It is also a way to not condition the planning for the 2024-2025 season and to make the necessary moves for other plans (Haaland).
However, and this is where the firmness comes in, the succession of events since that photo of Kylian posing at the Parc des Princes, with a jersey with a symbolic 2025 printed on it, strengthens Real Madrid’s position of strength. First and foremost, that 2025. Out of deference to PSG, Mbappé agreed to pose that way, but he was aware that the “one more year” of his two-year contract extension would not be that. He wanted the freedom to choose his future in 2024, and now he has it. Just like in 2022, but here come the other factors that strengthen Real Madrid’s position ahead of the endless transfer: the growth of Vinicius and Rodrygo and the resounding success of Bellingham.
A new horizon
In a handful of matches (19, with 16 goals), Jude has confirmed, and even exceeded, the reports that prompted Real Madrid to sign him. Vini, the owner of the left wing that Kylian aspires to occupy, has evolved into the “most decisive player in the world,” in the words of Ancelotti on several occasions. Meanwhile, Rodrygo has exploded as a differential player after a hesitant start (nine goals and six assists this season). A quick glance at Transfermarkt shows the planetary consideration of the trio. Mbappé and Haaland are the most valuable in the world (180 million euros), but then come Vinicius and Bellingham, with 150 million euros. And you only have to focus on tenth place to find Rodrygo and his 100 million euros. A year and a half ago, neither Jude was at the club nor the Brazilian duo was moving in their current dimension.
Real Madrid is still interested in signing Mbappé, but they are not willing to pay any price. The growth of Vinicius and Rodrygo, as well as the success of Bellingham, has strengthened Real Madrid’s position ahead of the endless transfer.