Kylian Mbappe is easily Real Madrid’s top long-term transfer target, and they are preparing to go after him in the summer 2021 transfer window.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Real Madrid weren’t expected to pursue Kylian Mbappe aggressively in the summer 2020 transfer market with two years still left on the player’s contract. They have already made it clear to Mbappe that they envision him as their centerpiece player in Zinedine Zidane‘s latest project at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Mbappe’s love for both the club and France legend have made Real favorites to land the star.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for Los Blancos to pursue Mbappe this year, and it may also make it more difficult for the club to sign the player in 2021. There are also rumblings PSG will play hardball with Mbappe, preferring to sit him out for an entire year before allowing him to leave for free in 2020 in order to force him to re-sign before then.
According to a recent report from L’Equipe, via Infinite Madrid on Twitter, Mbappe will reject all contract offers from PSG this season. His intent is to remain with PSG for the 2020-2021 campaign before leaving to Real Madrid, who will reportedly go “all out” to sign the French superstar in the summer 20201 transfer window.
It seems like an all-out pursuit of Mbappe in 2021 has always been Real Madrid’s plan. Mbappe is an organization-altering signing who can score 40 goals in a single season and provide plenty of other attacking benefits. Los Blancos need a top scorer to supplement – and later replace – Karim Benzema. Their biggest void is on the right side of the attacking formation, but Mbappe can play anywhere and would be an especially lethal scorer through the middle.
Real will most likely land Mbappe at some point, but it’s unclear if they will sign him in 2021 or 2022. It’s even less clear if PSG will be willing to sell or what their asking price will be, especially since nobody quite knows what transfer prices will look like.