Al-Hilal makes a £259 million bid for PSG and France striker Kylian Mbappe.

The 24-year-old France captain, who has a year left on his contract, has refused to sign an extension with the French champions and has been left out of the team’s pre-season tour to Japan.

PSG would rather sell Mbappe now than let him depart for free next summer.

The current record is Neymar’s £200 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017.

PSG activated Neymar’s release clause, making him the most expensive player in the world.

Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco for £166 million in 2017, will have commanded two of the three highest sums paid for a player if he moves.

Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, and Barcelona have all indicated interest in Mbappe, who has already stated that he expects to leave PSG for free at the conclusion of next season and prefers a move to Real Madrid.

PSG are open to the possibility of Mbappe departing on loan this summer to finish out his deal elsewhere.

This would allow him to join Real Madrid for free in a year’s time, play the rest of the season, and produce a loan fee for PSG.

Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has stated his intention to take a harsh line, and there have been reports that Mbappe will not be selected for the entire season if he refuses to break the current impasse. That would clearly have a negative influence on his chances of representing France at Euro 2024.

Al-Hilal is one of the clubs owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. This summer, they have already signed Ruben Neves from Wolves and Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea.

Mbappe has not responded to the offer, but he did answer to a tweet from NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who joked: “Al Hilal, you can take me.” “I resemble Kylian Mbappe.”

The Frenchman responded with a string of crying and laughing emoticons.

Timeline of events

  • May 2022: Mbappe signs lucrative two-year deal with the option of a further year to stay at PSG, turning down a move to Real Madrid.
  • December 2022: Scores hat-trick but France beaten on penalties in World Cup final by Argentina.
  • March 2023: Named captain of France, replacing the retired Hugo Lloris.
  • April 2023: Wins sixth Ligue 1 title of career and fifth with PSG.
  • 13 June 2023: Mbappe tweets he wants to stay at PSG for now but will not extend his contract beyond 2024.
  • 5 July 2023: Told by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi he must sign a new contract if he wants to stay.
  • 9 July 2023: Calls PSG a “divisive” club in comments made to France Football magazine.
  • 21 July 2023: Left out of PSG squad for pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea.
  • 22 July 2023: French footballers’ union says it could take legal action after accusing PSG of “moral harassment” for leaving Mbappe out of pre-season tour squad.
  • 24 July 2023: Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal make world record £259m bid for Mbappe.

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