Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has theory on Kylian Mbappe transfer plans

Real Madrid are widely believed to sign Kylian Mbappe as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is less convinced.

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Kylian Mbappe linked with Real Madrid transfer

Paris Saint-Germain remain confident of renewing Kylian Mbappé’s contract this year, believes Arsene Wenger.

Striker Mbappe is out of contract at Parc des Princes this summer and he recently hinted at a move to Real Madrid as his latest interview suggested he was ready to leave France.

The Frenchman has taken over as the team’s main attacking star as Lionel Messi is still unavailable after recovering from Covid while Neymar’s injury problems ruled him out until February.

With just over five months remaining on his current contract in the French capital and with contract negotiations stalled, it looks increasingly likely that Mbappe will leave as a free agent this summer.

It has even been reported that PSG are ready to make the 23-year-old their highest earning player by offering him improved terms on Messi and Neymar’s respective contracts.

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Mbappe is out of contract this summer and tipped to leave PSG on a free transfer

However, former Arsenal boss Wenger believes PSG could still retain their star striker and have not given up hope of persuading him to sign a new contract.

Wenger cited the French club rejecting Real Madrid’s mega-bid last summer as an indication of his firm stance on Mbappe’s future and his belief that he would ultimately commit his future to the deal.

Wenger told Canal+ in France: “PSG had a firm offer from Real Madrid. When you turn down €180m…even for PSG, it’s still a huge sum.

“So when they refused that money, I think they were like, ‘We have to have a great season, we have Messi and we can’t afford to lose Mbappe, we will manage to convince him to stay.’

Arsène Wenger has not been part of the club’s management since 2018

However, Wenger – who hasn’t been involved with a club since leaving the Gunners in 2018 – added that the more time passes, the harder it will be for Les Parisiens to renew Mbappe’s contract.

He continued: “Time is against PSG.

“When you’re in a situation like this, the longer it goes on, the harder it is to shut it down, given the experience I have.

“I have been waiting for PSG to renew Mbappé for a year and a half.

“He is the most indispensable player they have for the PSG way of playing, but there is little time left and today the player is free to sign with whomever he wants.”

Mbappe has scored 19 goals in 28 appearances this season – his attacking output far exceeds that of fellow strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar, illustrating his importance to PSG.

PSG will face a decisive Champions League Round of 16 against Real Madrid – potentially Mbappe’s future club – next month.

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