Paris Saint-Germain’s chances of having the best front three in the world this season have taken a huge blow as Kylian Mbappe has asked to leave the club.
Mbappe signed for PSG in 2018 from AS Monaco for £166million, making him the second most expensive player in history behind teammate Neymar (£198m).
He has scored 92 goals in 109 Ligue 1 appearances for Les Parisiens since joining on loan in 2017 and helped his side to three league titles as well as earning himself several individual accolades along the way.
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However, the arrival of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has led to questions being raised as to whether Mbappe will want to stay at Les Parc des Princes and no longer be the star player.
Those rumours looked like they had been debunked by the man himself last week when the 22-year-old posted a photo of him and Messi at PSG training on his Instagram welcoming the new signing.
But, according to reports, the France international has since asked PSG to let him leave immediately.
The Spanish TV originating reports said that the forward wants to speak to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and ask him to negotiate with Real Madrid so he can leave France and become the latest Galactico.
Mbappe’s contract runs out in 2022 and he is delaying talks to agree to a new deal with PSG, which has caught the attention of Real who are keen to try and sign the 2018 World Cup winner in a cut-price deal.
Being one of the most exciting talents in world football, tipped to be heir to the throne when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire, Mbappe will still cost Madrid £102m.
But Cadena SER says that the Spanish giants are willing to pay that sum this summer rather than waiting for his contract to run out.
Mbappe scored his first goal of the 2021/22 campaign as his current club beat Strasbourg 4-2 last Saturday.
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But before kick-off, the PSG faithful made it known that they were not happy with how the forward is prolonging negotiations with their club and weigh up his future.
As the stadium announcer read out the team sheet before the match, Mbappe’s name was booed by the majority of the stadium.
The jeering may have represented their annoyance at the contract situation, or it could be that they are fearful that his departure will significantly dent the club’s chances of winning their first-ever Champions League trophy.
A front three of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi will give any defence around Europe nightmares and the club are firm favourites to be lifting the prestigious trophy in the Krestovsky Stadium in Russia next year.
Messi’s arrival is the biggest factor in the faith in the Parisiens, the Argentine scored 120 goals in 149 Champions League matches for Barcelona.
The 34-year-old has four Champions League winner’s medals to his name, scoring a memorable goal in the 2011 final against Manchester United after he fired past Edwin van der Sar from outside the box.
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