Kylian Mbappe still consults family over every decision
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Real Madrid have tabled an audacious £137million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. The 22-year-old Frenchman has been expected to slot in between Lionel Messi and Neymar for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
However, reports emanating from TalkSPORT suggest Los Blancos’ have tabled this astronomical offer, that would eclipse the £104m they paid Chelsea for Eden Hazard in 2019.
Mbappe is said to have rejected three contract extensions with the Parisians; with the nine-time French champions expecting him to depart the Parc des Princes next season.
The World Cup winner’s contract with PSG expires next year; meaning he will be able to leave PSG for free at the end of the campaign.
But there is every possibility the club could cash in on Real’s astronomical offer this season.
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In fact, in accepting this offer, PSG would even be able to make a small profit on the forward, having initially paid his former club Monaco around £130m for his services in 2018.
Mbappe was given the No29 shirt when he arrived into the French capital, the same number he used to wear when he was still a precocious young talent with Monaco.
If he was to join Los Blancos this season, he would have the first refusal on any Madrid shirt number above the No24.
Many players are sentimental as to the shirt numbers they occupy, and the No29 shirt has been the number he has donned in every club he has played for.
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Or he could potentially follow Lionel Messi’s lead and choose the first ever squad number as a senior player.
With Messi’s previous Barcelona No10 shirt occupied by Neymar, and the other more marketable numbers of No7, No9, and No11 occupied by Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, and Angel Di Maria respectively, Messi opted for nostalgia in the No30 shirt.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s first squad number for the Catalans was No30, and he has selected the same number at PSG.
In Mbappe’s case, his debut squad number in the Monaco senior team was the No39 shirt.
He made his first senior appearance for Monaco in a 4-1 defeat to Spurs in the Europa League when he was only 17-years-old.
However, if Real Madrid’s offer is rejected, or Mbappe chooses to depart PSG when his contract expires next summer, the Frenchman could potentially take the No10 shirt from Luka Modric.
The Croatian maestro’s contract expires at the same time as Mbappe, and if the 2018 World Cup finalist does not extend, then he will leave the Bernabeu as a free agent.
Real Madrid always like to give their iconic numbers to their biggest signings.
Their three biggest signings, Hazard, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo were all initially given the No7, No11, and No9 shirts respectively, with the latter being afforded the No.7 shirt he wore at Manchester United in the 2010-11 season.
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