Which clubs could actually sign Kylian Mbappe?

  • Mbappe will leave PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season
  • Real Madrid seen as leading contenders for his signature
  • Europe's elite would all be keen to sign Mbappe on a free transfer

Mbappe's future is up in the air
Mbappe's future is up in the air / Christian Liewig - Corbis/GettyImages

It's finally happening. Two years after we all thought Kylian Mbappe would leave Paris Saint-Germain, he's actually leaving.

Having confirmed to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that his time in the French capital is up, Mbappe has put Europe on high alert, with fans all across the globe begging for their owners to make a move, but which clubs have a genuine shot at landing Mbappe?

Here's a look at all the possible suitors.

No chance


Xavi Hernandez
Barcelona's finances are a mess / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

There's not a single lever in this, or any, universe that Barcelona could pull to free up the sort of money needed to sign Mbappe.

The Blaugrana's finances are still in turmoil, and while they'll never get the chance to sign peak Mbappe on a free transfer again, there's simply no way they can afford his wages, bonuses or literally anything else.


Massimiliano Allegri
Juve also don't have the money / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

Juventus' finances aren't catastrophic but they would need to be a whole lot better to be able to pursue Mbappe.

Even if they had the money, Juve's brand of football under Massimiliano Allegri probably won't be too appealing to a guy trying to prove he's the best attacker on the planet.


Lautaro Martinez
Martinez is Inter's star / Francesco Scaccianoce/GettyImages

Inter have been one of Europe's elite sides in the past few years, but they've also been flirting with financial ruin for a large part of that period.

The project could easily appeal to Mbappe, but the budget simply isn't there.

Bayern Munich

Harry Kane
Kane won't be linking up with Mbappe / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Do Bayern Munich have the money for Mbappe? Probably, but the thing stopping the Bavarians from making this move is their own morals.

Club officials have spoken with open disgust towards the finances involved in modern football, begrudgingly accepting the need to change when they splashed out on Harry Kane last summer. This is a whole different level, however, and simply won't be happening.

Tottenham Hotspur

Ange Postecoglou
No Mbappe for Ange / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Unfortunately for Tottenham, they have actually been publicly rejected by Mbappe himself.

The French superstar laughed in Tom Holland's face when the actor asked him about joining Tottenham in 2021, and Mbappe later told CNN: "I don't think I will play for Tottenham in my life."


Slim chance


Todd Boehly
Could Boehly get this one done? / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Mbappe had a trial at Chelsea as a youngster and was pictured in the club's shirt as a kid, so there's likely an affinity towards the Blues, and you just know Todd Boehly would love to land somebody of Mbappe's fame and quality.

Chelsea have spent heavily but do still have plenty left in the tank, especially for a free transfer, but convincing Mbappe to join the absolute carnage we've seen at Stamford Bridge under the BlueCo ownership will be nearly impossible.

Manchester United

Marcus Rashford
PSG are interested in Rashford / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United are one of the biggest brands on the planet and they're about to be backed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS. This is the sort of statement signing any new owner would love to make. It might be a squeeze to make the money work, but United definitely could do it.

There's also the intriguing sub-plot that comes from PSG's interest in signing Marcus Rashford as a replacement for Mbappe. United are perhaps the only side that could sway PSG with some sort of swap offer.

Like Chelsea, however, United have absolutely zero appeal to a win-now megastar trying to become the best in history.


Bukayo Saka
Arsenal have an intriguing offer / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal's re-emergence as one of Europe's top sides has come at a great time if they want to pursue Mbappe, but is the project one or two years early? The Gunners are really good and are one of the few sides in England who could actually promise some fun to Mbappe, but are they ready to deliver the silverware he's looking for?

Having not won those trophies or been a big-enough brand for the last few years, Arsenal won't comfortably be able to finance a move for Mbappe, but they definitely could if they worked hard enough, although it could come at the expense of several other players. Perhaps not the right move, but definitely a plausible one.


Jurgen Klopp
Klopp was always heavily linked with Mbappe / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jurgen Klopp's insistence that Liverpool cannot compete with the big boys financially has bordered on comical at times. If you're trying to sign Moises Caicedo for over £100m, you've got cash. You just might not have Mbappe cash.

Liverpool have long been touted as one of the main suitors for Mbappe, and a large part of that is a reported bond between the PSG man and Klopp, who might have picked a rough time to publicly confirm he's leaving the club and sending them into a period of uncertainty.

Real chance

Real Madrid

Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior
Mbappe seems destined for Madrid / Flor Tan Jun/GettyImages

Look, Real Madrid are the obvious favourites here. That's not up for debate. They've been flirting with Mbappe for literal years and have made a big-money offer to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu with a hefty signing-on bonus.

Aside from the money, Madrid also have the profile to appeal to Mbappe. They're one of the world's best teams, both currently and historically, and they boast a brand matched by few. If you're trying to go down in history as a winner, joining Madrid is probably your best bet.

Manchester City

Erling Haaland
Haaland and Mbappe would be unstoppable / LISELOTTE SABROE/GettyImages

In 2024, the year Mbappe needs to find a new club, there is no better team than Manchester City. They're the reigning Champions League holders, among the favourites to win the whole thing again, and can pretty much guarantee you as much major silverware as you could imagine in the most high-profile league on the planet.

The football project is there and the money is definitely there, but where City may fall short is their profile. They probably don't have the brand to tempt Mbappe, whose feelings towards linking up with forced-rival Erling Haaland would make for fascinating reading.

City are one of the few teams who could genuinely convince Mbappe from a footballing and financial perspective, but is that enough? Only time will tell.