The possible signing of Kylian Mbappé (24 years old) by Real Madrid enters the decisive week. Since last week the French striker’s turn of the screw had begun to precipitate events, but what happened in the last few hours encourages a prompt resolution to the case because he continues to be pressured from Paris.
It remains to be seen if the soap opera ends this time with Mbappé in white, but from the PSG environment it tightens more and more. The last to expose his point of view has been Leonardo. The former sports director of the Parisian team gave Mbappé a resounding blow when affirming in L’Èquipe that Kylian “is not yet a player capable of really guiding a team, he is a great player, but not a leader”. A criticism that he complemented by implying that it cannot be the cornerstone of a megaproject and advises its sale. “He is a great scorer, not a playmaker. It’s hard to build a team around him. For the good of PSG it is time for him to leave. PSG existed before Mbappé and will exist after him…”. The final dialectical arreón was a missile to a point that especially hurts the French star, his disappointment in Europe. “Kylian has been in Paris for six years and in those years five different clubs have won the Champions League. None had Mbappé in their ranks…”.
While, the more or less hidden conflict between the player and the Parisian entity continues. Kylian continues with his summer tour, away from any kind of controversy, but getting closer to Paris: after having been in Miami, he visited Cameroon, his father’s country, for a few days, and will shortly land in Algeria, the nation from his mother. His return to Camp des Loges, PSG’s sports city, is scheduled for Monday 17, four days before the first friendly of his still club. That July 21 Mbappé will not play, but keeping him away from activities related to the game would start to draw an unpleasant scenario. And more so because just the day after, on the 22nd, PSG goes on tour to Japan. Al Kelaïfi presses not to reach that critical date without having resolved the Mbappé case…
Everything, when the information of a possible offer from PSG for Harry Kane as a replacement for the French star grows worse in France. If it happens, they would like to show off that signing on the Japanese tour. The countdown to the resolution of the Mbappé-PSG affair and his possible arrival in Madrid picks up speed and enters the final stretch.