Real Madrid: How high could Kylian Mbappe’s release clause be?

PSG, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
PSG, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images) /

It may be now or never for Real Madrid to sign their dream transfer target, Kylian Mbappe. The PSG forward will have one year left on his deal upon the conclusion of the 2020-2021 season, and while the idea of signing him for free in 2022 remains appealing to some fans, most Madridistas highly doubt Mbappe would wait that long to make his decision.

So there may be two scenarios. Either Florentino Perez finally completes his major signing and mortgages a significant portion of the club’s future on one player, or Mbappe stays in PSG for the long haul.

If Mbappe re-signs with PSG and finally agrees to an extension that has been discussed for over a year, there is still a chance for Real Madrid to sign him.

According to a report from Marco Ruiz of AS, PSG could add a release clause into a new deal with Kylian Mbappe that would enable Real Madrid to buy him out. That could appeal to Mbappe and give him a chance to join his dream club. But a release clause for Real would not be a friendly price for Perez either.

Would Real Madrid have to pay more than 200 million euros for Kylian Mbappe?

Because per AS, a possible release clause could be placed at over 222 million euros. It is widely believed within Madrid, per the report, that Mbappe would set the team back 150 million euros in total assets if they were to acquire him this summer.

The reason for the language of “total assets” on my part is a reference to the swap deal rumors. Real Madrid may find it difficult to make enough money in sales to spend 150 million euros on Mbappe, as they can only spend what they obtain in sales, though this could include the sales they made last summer, such as Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Reguilon.

Vinicius Junior has been tossed around frequently as a valuable player who could be swapped for Mbappe, as Real Madrid could use their young forward to make it easier to acquire PSG’s young star forward.

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But if there’s a release clause, all of that likely goes out the window. In this economy, Real Madrid would not be able to afford to spend over 200 million euros within the next several years on Mbappe without severely hurting their overall squad. There are already concerns that a fee of150 million euros is too much right now.