|Kyllian Mbappe has refused to entertain the advances from Saudi club Al Hilal following their record bid for him. (Photo credit: The Athletic)|
French superstar Kyllian Mbappe has refused to meet with representatives of Al Hilal for a face-to-face meeting following the Saudi club’s record bid for the PSG star.
There were lots of speculations about the player’s destination, and with PSG leaving Mbappe out of their preseason tour, rumors continue to fly around about a possible transfer away from the club, with PSG insisting he won’t be allowed to walk for free.
As first reported by L’Equipe, representatives of Al Hilal were in the French capital on Wednesday to complete the signing of Brazilian player Malcolm, and they wanted to speak to Mbappe over their huge bid, but the Frenchman refused to meet with them.
Al Hilal submitted a staggering €300 million bid for Mbappe earlier in the week, but clearly, the World Cup winner isn’t interested in joining the Riyadh-based club and would rather walk for free next season, preferably to Real Madrid.
Sources told ESPN that should Mbappé go to Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer, he would potentially get a €100 million signing-on fee. He would also get an €80m bonus this September should he opt to stay with PSG.
PSG wants to cash in on the World Cup star now rather than let him walk for free a year from now when his contract expires. However, Mbappé's PSG teammate Marco Verratti has now agreed to join Al Hilal, sources have told ESPN.
While PSG and Al Hilal have yet to agree on a transfer fee and remain some way apart in their valuations, the Italy international midfielder is expected to become the latest big name to move to Saudi Arabia.