Report: Kylian Mbappe move to Real Madrid hits snag over wage demands

 
Kylian Mbappe #7 of Paris Saint-Germain controls the ball during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between RC Strasbourg and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade de la Meinau on February 2, 2024 in Strasbourg, France.

Kylian Mbappe's proposed move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid has reportedly stalled due to the Frenchman's extortionate wage demands.

Last week, the prolonged saga surrounding the 25-year-old's future saw its biggest development yet, as it was reported that he had finally agreed a switch to the Bernabeu for the 2024-25 season.

Mbappe is in the final six months of his PSG deal - meaning that the French champions stand to lose him for nothing at the end of the season - and is therefore allowed to talk to foreign clubs to negotiate a pre-contract agreement.

PSG have supposedly not been informed by Mbappe's camp that he will join Real Madrid, but the groundwork is being laid out for a highly-anticipated transfer, and Real were supposedly confident that he would agree to a significant wage cut to move to the Spanish capital.

However, The Independent claims that Mbappe and Real are still a ways off agreeing a blockbuster contract, as Los Blancos are yet to come up with a salary package deemed satisfactory by the attacker.
Real Madrid supposedly do not intend to break their wage structure for Mbappe, although they will still make him one of their highest earners alongside Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, David Alaba, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior.

While there are still plenty of hoops to jump through before Mbappe can sport the famous white strip, there is reportedly a consensus at PSG that Mbappe will bid farewell for the Bernabeu at the end of the season, and the French champions will only go so far in their attempts to keep him.

Back in the summer of 2021, Real tested PSG's resolve with a bid of €200m (£171.1m) for Mbappe on deadline day, but the French champions - who were due to lose the Frenchman a year later - turned down the approach.

An exit for Real on a free transfer in 2022 was expected to come to fruition after Los Blancos' failed approach, but to Florentino Perez's chagrin, Mbappe signed a new two-year deal at PSG with the option of a further 12 months.

However, Mbappe dropped a bombshell on PSG last summer by informing the club that he had no plans to take up his one-year extension, and the French champions worked tooth and nail to sell him before the start of the campaign.

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