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Mbappe announces he will leave Paris Saint-Germain

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Kylian Mbappe has finally announced that he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The France star appeared in a video published on his social media profiles on May 10. In it, the forward said that he would be playing his final home match for the club on Sunday, May 12, against Toulouse.

“It’s a lot of emotions,” he said, as he thanked the club for allowing him to play alongside “some of the best in history, some of the greatest champions”.

“It’s hard, hard,” he added. “I never thought it would be this difficult to announce that, to leave my country, Ligue 1, a championship I have always known. But I think I needed this, a new challenge, after seven years.”

Elimination at the hands of Borussia Dortmund at the semifinal stage

means Mbappe will not get to play in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium on June 1, meaning his final appearance for the club is likely to be in the Coupe de France final on May 25.

The Athletic previously claimed that Mbappe is inclined towards a move to Real Madrid, and it is widely anticipated that Los Blancos will be the club to sign him on a free transfer this year. Liverpool and Arsenal were also linked with an offer for the player, who is likely to have been one of the most sought-after free agents in modern football history.

The Sporting News takes a look at his options and where he could land in the 2024 summer transfer window.

Mbappe confirmed on May 10, 2024 that he would be leaving Paris Saint-Germain, following months of speculation over his future.

It was reported by various European outlets and transfer experts on February 15, 2024 that Mbappe told Paris Saint-Germain he intends to leave the club at the end of the season. Despite signing a new two-year contract in the summer of 2021, which included a 12-month extension option for the 2024-25 season, Mbappe has held the sole authority to trigger this extension, not PSG.

However, he has decided to leave the club at the end of the summer and will be available on a free transfer. That leads us to the next question…

Real Madrid appear the most likely to sign Mbappe this year. BBC Sport reported on February 20 that the player has agreed a contract with the Spanish club, although he has not yet signed any agreement.

Arsenal and Liverpool are the two Premier League sides that have been tipped to make a move for the striker, as well as Chelsea. Reports indicate that Liverpool are currently not actively pursuing Mbappe, leaving Madrid as the most realistic destination, although financial concerns may hinder the transfer.

Mbappe’s next club has not yet been revealed, but Madrid are widely expected to conclude the signing in the coming weeks.

Reports have suggested that Mbappe’s base salary at the French champions is €75 million net per year ($82.8m / £64.4m), excluding bonuses. His contract, signed in 2022, expires in June 2024.

According to reports upon the signing of his new contract, including from the New York Times and The Guardian, Mbappe’s new deal also earned him a €100m ($110.4m / £85.9m) signing bonus just for agreeing to stay at the club.

The Athletic reported in January that when Madrid attempted to sign the superstar in 2022, they offered a €130m signing bonus and a salary of €26m per year. He then went and renewed his contract at PSG.

It’s important to note that the figures mentioned represent merely the base salary, excluding any potential additional incentives and contractual bonuses that may further augment Mbappe’s earnings. Also, there exists an alluring prospect of enhanced commercial opportunities associated with playing for Madrid that potentially outweigh the financial draw of PSG’s offerings.

This is reflected in the figures put forward by BBC Sport, who suggested that Mbappe’s salary will drop but that a signing-on fee and other bonuses could make up the shortfall.

When factoring in these elements alongside Mbappe’s earnings, it becomes clear that competing offers could rival, if not surpass, PSG’s package, particularly in the long-term trajectory of his career.

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