PSG have given Al-Hilal permission to talk Kylian Mbappe for £259m with the intention of selling the French superstar after club chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour.
Paris Saint-Germain have given permission for Al Hilal to talk to Kylian Mbappe following a world record £259 million bid.
A move has been ruled out since Mbappe refused to extend his contract at the club and could now join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia.
The 24-year-old has been given permission to speak to the Saudi club after being left out of the squad for the pre-season tours of Japan and South Korea, according to a report by Sky Sports.
News of the bid first filtered in earlier on Monday, and PSG were always likely to take over president Nasser Al-Khelaifi with no intention of losing him on a free in 2024.
If the deal goes through, it will overtake Neymar’s £198 million move from Barcelona to PSG as the most expensive transfer in football history.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (left) has no intention of letting Mbappe go on a free in 2024
The offer on the table would reportedly see Mbappe earn a staggering £600m a year.
It remains to be seen whether the striker will accept the deal though, as he has long been interested in a move to Real Madrid.
Mbappe came desperately close to joining Madrid in 2022, before making a sensational U-turn and staying at PSG.
He remains linked with the Spanish giants though, and PSG believe he has already agreed to join them on a free in 2024.
A move to Saudi Arabia could offer a compromise, with PSG receiving a lucrative transfer fee and Mbappe still moving to Madrid within 12 months if they can meet his release clause.
But Mbappe’s future may not lie at Al-Hilal or Real Madrid, as at least five clubs approached PSG over the weekend to register their interest in the attacker, according to Sky Sports.
Three of those clubs are Premier League sides, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all interested in Mbappe.
United are looking to bring in a striker this summer after Cristiano Ronaldo left midway through last season.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (above) could be one of those to arrive at PSG, with the Spanish giants linked with signing Mbappe on a free next year.
They have linked up with Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund as they look to add to their front line after signing midfielder Mason Mount and goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Chelsea, meanwhile, managed just 38 goals last term, dropping to 12th place.
They have since brought in Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, but Mbappe appears to be a move to appeal to big-spending owner Todd Bohely.
Spurs could lose Harry Kane this summer, with Bayern Munich refusing to give up on their pursuit of the England captain and the north London club could see Mbappe as an ideal replacement.
There has also been interest from Europe, with Barcelona and Inter Milan linked with PSG.
Mbappe’s move to Barcelona would be a major shock given his admiration for bitter rivals Madrid.
Inter reached the Champions League final last season, and signing Mbappe would be a major coup, with the club looking to bring in reinforcements after Edin Dzeko left for Fenerbahce and Romelu Lukaku returned to the club.
PSG have received several offers with the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal.
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