Kylian Mbappe’s future at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has been uncertain, and this summer could finally see him make a move away from the club.
Arsenal and Chelsea are closely monitoring the situation, especially after PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi indicated that Mbappe will be sold unless he signs a contract extension. As the 24-year-old forward’s deal is set to expire next season, his departure is a real possibility.
Kylian Mbappe’s Decision and PSG’s Concerns
In May, Kylian Mbappe announced his decision not to extend his contract beyond 2024, raising doubts about his future. PSG reportedly felt angered by the public nature of the announcement and is now considering selling him to avoid losing him for free in a year.
Real Madrid has long been linked with Mbappe, but their recent record-breaking signing may complicate their pursuit, given the substantial asking price of around €200 million (£171.6m).
During the unveiling of Luis Enrique as PSG’s new manager, President Al-Khelaifi clarified the situation in a press conference.
He emphasized that Mbappe must sign a contract extension to remain at the club, as PSG cannot afford to lose “the best player in the world” for free. Al-Khelaifi expressed disappointment in Mbappe’s reported intention to leave without a new deal and set a timeframe of one to two weeks for a decision.
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Arsenal and Chelsea’s Potential Opportunity
While the financial implications of signing Mbappe may pose a challenge, Arsenal and Chelsea have been given a small window of opportunity to secure his services. Should Mbappe desire a move to the Premier League, it has been suggested that he should wait for Chelsea to return to their peak before considering a move.
Manchester City is currently the only Premier League club that appears capable of attracting him, according to Florent Malouda.
Kylian Mbappe’s potential departure from PSG has put Arsenal and Chelsea on high alert. The French forward’s contract situation has created uncertainty, with PSG making it clear that he must sign an extension or face being sold.
Despite the financial complexities, both Arsenal and Chelsea have a chance to compete for Mbappe’s signature. However, the ultimate decision rests with Kylian Mbappe himself, who may seek to challenge himself in the Premier League, possibly with a move to a top-level team like Chelsea.