Exclusive - Real Madrid will open talks with Paris Saint-Germain in the coming weeks over a deal for Kylian Mbappe.
Real are keen on brokering a deal this summer after managing to free up finances to make him the highest paid player in world football.
The Spanish giants have long planned on landing Mbappe and they had hoped this summer would see him make the switch, although they realise they may have to wait until 2022.
PSG do not want to sell Mbappe or lose him on a free transfer next summer – but unfortunately for Les Parisiens, that decision is not in their hands.
Mbappe’s current contract is due to expire in 2022 and PSG would be powerless to stop him leaving on a free if they cannot extend his deal at Parc des Princes.
90min understands that Mbappe has informed PSG that he does not intend on signing a new deal, and now it is up to Real to present a deal that they would accept this summer.
PSG have been asking over £150m for Mbappe – an incredibly steep figure for someone with under a year remaining on his contract. However, Real are looking into brokering a deal this summer as they can now afford his wage demands of around £1m-a-week, and will open negotiations with PSG soon.
The losses of Sergio Ramos to PSG and Raphael Varane to Manchester United have freed up room on Real's wage bill in order to make a run at Mbappe this window.
Sources close to Real have told 90min that they expect talks to take place in the coming weeks, but are far from confident that PSG will agree to his move regardless of Mbappe's desire to head to Spain.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has planned to bring in Mbappe for years, and remains keen on bringing Paul Pogba to the club. 90min revealed earlier this week that Pogba - who also has one year remaining on his current deal - is considering his options, which includes a potential move to the Spanish capital.