French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain are ready to offer Kylian Mbappe a staggering $36 million yearly salary, the same money Neymar is earning at Parc des Princes.

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Mbappe was the top goalscorer in the French league last season, netting 27 times for PSG. (Image: Twitter/PSGinside)

Mbappe (22) is out of contract in 2022. PSG will lose him for free next summer if they don’t convince Mbappe to extend his current deal. Real Madrid is the forward’s favorite destination, but PSG made it clear to the player and his representatives that they plan to have him on the squad next season.

Real president Florentino Perez made Mbappe’s transfer a top priority at the Bernabeu. It’s expected that the transfer won’t take place this summer, though. According to Radio Marca, Perez already told Real’s board that no signings are about to happen.

Why is Mbappe’s transfer vital for Real Madrid?

Mbappe is arguably one of the top talents in world football right now. He was leading the race for the Ballon d’Or in May after a series of fantastic Champions League performances. PSG’s failed attempt to win the trophy added to France’s early exit at the Euros this year put Mbappe behind Messi, N’Golo Kante, and Robert Lewandowski. Mbappe missed the decisive penalty in the Round of 16 shootout against Switzerland at Euro 2020, making it even harder to see him lifting the Ballon in December.

Along with Erling Haaland, Mbappe is regarded as the man to shine at the highest level after the Messi and Ronaldo era comes to an end. Mbappe proves that age is just a number, as he shone each season since 2016-217. That’s when he became a regular in AS Monaco’s first team before PSG snapped him up in 2017. The Paris powerhouse paid no fewer than $210 million to sign him. Mbappe became the second-most expensive player of all time after Neymar, who cost PSG $260 million with his move in 2018.

Mbappe scored 132 goals in 171 outings at PSG. Last season was his best, with 42 goals netted over 47 games. Mbappe wouldn’t just bring his goals to the new Bernabeu in Madrid, but also the “galactico” vibe the team lost when Ronaldo moved to Juventus, in 2018.

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Kylian Mbappe joined PSG’s preseason preparations earlier than he was expected to. (Image: Instagram/k.mbappe)

PSG is ready to offload nine players

Paris Saint Germain paid $1.5 billion in player transfers between 2011 and 2020. Last summer, they paid $74 million on acquisitions, with a further $90 million invested in the current transfer window. Top players like Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Gianluigi Donnarumma came to reinforce Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

To offer Mbappe the huge $36-million salary, as well as comply with UEFA’s financial fair-play rules, PSG needs to cut its squad. Nine players were shown the exit door, with PSG now inviting offers for them. Alphonse Areola, Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye, Rafinha Alcantara, Mauro Icardi, Pablo Sarabia, and Aruaud Kalimuendo are all up for grabs. PSG hopes to raise around $210 million from player sales.

PSG is plotting a move for Paul Pogba too. The Manchester United midfielder is valued at $60 million. He’s a close friend of Mbappe’s, so the club regards his transfer as having a double impact. Mbappe joined PSG’s squad for preseason on Thursday, after finalizing his post-Euro 2020 holiday.

The odds on Mbappe staying for another season at PSG are at -700. A move to Real Madrid this summer stands at +400, while the bookies put a transfer to Liverpool at +800. A surprise affair with Chelsea is at +2700.

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Kylian Mbappe becomes a free agent in 2022. Where will he end up? (Image:Twitter/OhMyGoalUS)