Kylian Mbappe is sure to be one of the most exciting players on show at this summer’s European Championship and the fact the transfer window is open will add another dynamic to his performances for France.
Mbappe is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and is sure to attract interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Having scored 42 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions for PSG in 2020/21, he comes into Euro 2020 in red-hot form.
France are the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy at Wembley on July 11 and if they progress deep into the tournament then Mbappe is sure to have had a lot to do with it.
PSG are understandably desperate to try and tie the 22-year-old down to a new contract and have been locked in negotiations for some time.
Mbappe has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are known admirers, but president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident he will stay put.
“I will be clear, Mbappe is going to stay in Paris,” Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe recently.
“We will never sell him and he will never leave on a free (transfer). Mbappe has everything he needs in Paris.
“Where can he go? What club, in terms of ambition, can compete with PSG today? All I can say is that things are going well and I hope we can reach an agreement (on a new contract).
“This is Paris, this is his country. He has a mission, not only to play football, but to promote Ligue 1, his country and his capital.”
Al-Khelaifi may be confident, but with just a year left on his contract there is the distinct possibility that Mbappe decides to run down his deal and leave on a free in the summer of 2022.
Should he decide to keep his options open, Mbappe would be free to talk to other clubs in January and The Athletic reports that would ‘trigger an almighty scramble’ for his signature.
Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United would all be expected to make their case to Mbappe in that eventuality
The report says ‘the most likely conclusion is PSG do everything in their power to keep the player’, but things will become clearer after the Euros.
Man City and Chelsea are both in the market for a world-class striker this summer, with City needing a replacement for Sergio Aguero and Thomas Tuchel’s side lacking a true goalscorer.
Liverpool still rely on the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for their goals, while United’s need for a striker has been reduced by Edinson Cavani’s decision to sign a one-year contract extension.
But no matter each club’s individual needs, if Mbappe becomes available, every single side with the financial capacity will entertain the idea of a transfer.