It looks like the long-running Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer saga is finally nearing its last chapter. There is still a lot to unfold though. As things stand, Santiago Bernabeu looks like the Frenchman's most likely destination. But as the fans have learned over the years, expect the unexpected.
Mbappe's current deal with PSG runs out next summer. And at the moment, an extension does not seem to be near.
Rumours have suggested that Real Madrid are ready to make an offer to Mbappe in January. But they want an answer quickly or will move their eyes elsewhere.
As reported by El Debate, Mbappe has chosen Real Madrid. But the player has to sign his contract next month if he wants to finally come to Santiago Bernabeu. If not, the club will go after Erling Haaland.
Mbappe has chosen Real Madrid but there's one problem
To be honest, Mbappe's stock has gone down a bit in recent years. Not too ago, him becoming the undisputed best player in the world one day was considered inevitable. That is no longer the case.
Haaland seems to have moved ahead of Mbappe, winning a treble with Manchester City last season and finishing second in the Ballon d'Or rankings behind Lionel Messi. Jude Bellingham has been very impressive since arriving at Real Madrid as well and is having a significantly better season than the Frenchman.
Mbappe has done a tremendous job with PSG. But the fact of the matter is that Ligue 1 is not the most popular or competitive league in the world. The French club have rarely put up a serious challenge for the Champions League, except for the season in which they reached the final under the management of Thomas Tuchel.
Mbappe's biggest successes have come on the international stage and it feels like his club career has stagnated a bit. He needs a blockbuster move. Joining Real Madrid would certainly fall under that category. Let's see if it happens this time around.