Will Kylian Mbappe Leave PSG This January Transfer Window?

Real Madrid made a £145m attempt to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer but at the turn of the year the PSG forward can agree personal terms for a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Will other clubs try and steal a march on Madrid with a January transfer bid or will the Frenchman stick with his Bernabeu ambition?

Will Kylian Mbappe Leave PSG This January Transfer Window?
Will Kylian Mbappe Leave PSG This January Transfer Window?

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Kylian Mbappe January Transfer Betting Odds*

OutcomeOddsBet With
To Stay At PSG1/100Unibet
Real Madrid14/1Unibet
Chelsea16/1Unibet
Liverpool18/1Unibet
Manchester United20/1Unibet
Manchester City30/1Unibet

*Odds up to date as of December 31, 2021


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It has been reported that Mbappe is keen to make the switch to Spain. The 23-year-old has turned down contract extensions at PSG on three different occasions and although the French club are seemingly keeping the player against his will the bookies think it's a likelier prospect that he will remain at the Parc des Princes until the summer.

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Madrid Calling for Ronaldo fan?

Real Madrid look likely to sign Kylian Mbappe sooner or later, with Los Blancos having been long-term admirers of the World Cup winner, who idolised Cristiano Ronaldo while growing up.

“Mbappe really wants to go to Madrid,” his former team-mate Jese Rodriguez said earlier this year. “He began to [watch] Madrid when he was 16 years old, Cristiano was his idol. He loves Madrid and I am sure he will play there one day.”

As evidenced by their baffling refusal to withdraw from the doomed Super League project, Madrid are going through one or two financial difficulties right now. Yet the fact that Mbappe’s PSG contract expires in the summer helps their cause. The closer a player is to the end of a deal, the more power they have. If the 22-year-old tells his current employers that he will not be signing fresh terms, PSG could conclude that it makes sense to cash in this winter.

There is also a sense that Madrid need a rebuild. This is a team that has grown old together, and their lack of dynamism was brutally exposed by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. With Zinedine Zidane having vacated the hot seat, new manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes to be backed in the transfer market – and that only increases the chances of Madrid going after Mbappe.

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Liverpool A Possible English Destination

Liverpool's need for Mbappe is less urgent than Madrid’s hence their inflated odds to sign him in January, but Jurgen Klopp may be looking to add fresh blood to his team in the summer. The front three has served the club extremely well throughout Klopp’s tenure, but many fans now believe that it is time to add a different dimension to the mix. Mbappe would certainly provide that, although his arrival would probably depend on one of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino seeking pastures new. The addition of Diogo Jota to the equation has certainly highlighted the benefits of freshening things up.

Mbappe has spoken highly of Liverpool in the past, and he would be a good stylistic fit for a team that remains at its most potent in transition. However, it remains to be seen whether the Reds would be able to pay the same salary as the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City or even PSG. Salah is their highest-earner on around £200,000 per week and Mbappe is reported to earn almost double that in Paris.

A free transfer in the summer might be Liverpool's best hope of signing Mbappe - the current transfer window looks extremely unlikely.

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Manchester City Need a New Forward

Pep Guardiola’s false nine system is reaping rewards domestically and on the continent but Gabriel Jesus has still not won the full trust of his manager as an out-and-out striker, so City could still be on the lookout for a new frontman this window.

Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have both been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium. There are, however, doubts over whether Haaland is really a Guardiola-type player, while Tottenham Hotspur won't want to sell Kane to a Premier League rival.

Mbappe is another option, and City would have few problems paying the required transfer fee and wage packet if they wished to jump the queue ahead of Madrid. Yet PSG would be reluctant to lose the 22-year-old to a club that, in terms of its ownership structure and recent history, is similar to its own.

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Rank Outsiders

Barcelona are clear outsiders to win the race for Mbappe. The Catalans would no doubt love to add the Frenchman to their squad, but it is hard to see how they could afford to pull off a deal.

With club debts supposedly topping £1billion, Barcelona will be severely restricted in all upcoming transfer windows. Perhaps Barca will be able to offer Mbappe a contract next summer if he becomes a free agent, but for now it appears unlikely that they will be able to compete with wage offers from other major clubs.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have tied Cristiano Ronaldo down on a huge contract for the foreseeable future, meaning their odds of signing Mbappe this window are pretty long. However, should Mbappe remain at PSG beyond the January window, United should at least discuss the idea of pairing the two together if it's financially viable.


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PSG Face Nervous Wait

The most likely outcome is that Mbappe will still be at PSG at the end of the January window, but the French giants have been left to sweat. Neymar has committed his future to the club already, Messi has signed a two-year deal, yet Mbappe seems content to leave his options open. If he submits a formal request to leave, PSG will be in a very difficult position.

However, it may well suit Mbappe to remain tight-lipped for now, with a view to signing a new deal with PSG later this season, or becoming a free agent in the summer. As such, fans of Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City should not get too excited just yet.