There have been so many conflicting rumors and nonsensical updates about the Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid transfers that I would not blame Madridistas for tuning the saga out completely. But that also seems like an impossible task. We have all gotten our hopes up for Mbappe over the years. The news cycle has a firm grip on us.
Lately, there has been a lot of noise regarding Mbappe wanting 100 percent of his image rights, and it is apparently for a noble reason. Mbappe does not want his image to be used to advertise for brands that go against his ideals, such as gambling. He knows a lot of kids look up to him, so he wants to be careful what his brand is associated with.
Now, we all remember from the David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo transfer sagas – both of which were successful, may I add – that image rights can be a big hang-up. But Madridistas also know that Florentino Perez is willing to compromise to sign superstars, even if there is no track record of him giving a player 100 percent of their rights.
Well, it seems like, as has been the case for so many transfer rumors fueled by the mainstream French papers, the 100 percent image rights issue has been overblown.
Mbappe’s image rights issue is nothing for Real Madrid fans to worry about
First, Alessandro Grandesso of La Gazzetta dello Sport reported, via Hadrien Grenier on Twitter, that Kylian Mbappe will make his decision this week and has already agreed with Real Madrid on the subject of image rights. Grandesso mentions that PSG can still sign Mbappe, though.
Second, Foot Mercato’s Santi Aouna reports that there has been progress on the image rights front between Real and Mbappe, though he does not say an agreement has been reached yet. He does, however, state that an agreement between both parties should come “soon”.
Taking these two news items from established reporters together, we can see that for as much smoke as has been blown about image rights, there is nothing to worry about. Mbappe is not a Real Madrid player as of yet, but image rights seemed like low-hanging fruit for the press to use to stir controversy and trouble here, noting Perez’s past transfer dealing with CR7 and Beckham.
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But he signed both of those players. It stands to reason he will also sign Mbappe, who has made it clear Real Madrid is his dream.