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SYDNEY, Australia – After falling short with Lionel Messi, Saudi soccer club Al-Hilal submitted a $332 million transfer offer for Kylian Mbappé on Monday, which would see the French striker join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that a transfer offer has been made to acquire the Frenchman, and added that Al-Hilal have obtained permission to start negotiations directly with Mbappé. The journalist Fabrizio Romano however specified that the clan of Kylian Mbappé was not in discussions with the Saudi club currently.
Also according to information from Romano, Al-Hilal would like to offer an annual salary of 200 million euros to the French nugget. Moreover, the whole offer would go up to 700 million euros for the 2023-2024 season, given that the Saudi club would be ready to leave 100% of the image rights to Mbappé.
NO talks taking place between Mbappe and Al Hilal at this stage. Just between Al Hilal & PSG. 🔵🇸🇦
Al Hilal plan to offer Kylian Mbappé net salary worth €200m/year.
It could only reach reported €700m package by including commercial deals — leaving 100% image rights to Kylian. pic.twitter.com/l3oj7JMFZc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano)
July 24, 2023
The 2018 World Cup champion is therefore currently in a contractual stalemate with PSG, after refusing to activate the extension clause of his contract for an additional 12 months. He prefers to become free as air at the end of the next campaign instead, and many rumors send him to Real Madrid.
PSG kept Mbappé out of his Japanese preparatory tour on Saturday after the Parisian outfit opted to sell his rights – unless he changes his mind and agrees to ratify a new agreement.
Al-Hilal’s transfer bid for Mbappé is said to be the most lucrative in soccer history, surpassing PSG’s $222 million offer for Neymar when the team signed him from FC Barcelona in 2017.
This is the latest attempt by a Saudi club to lure top international players to the Middle Eastern country.
Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté and Roberto Firmino are among the players who will soon join the Saudi circuit, after Ronaldo accepted Al-Nassr’s offer last December.
Messi turned down Al-Hillal’s offer, joining MLS side Inter Miami instead.