Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
More details regarding Real Madrid’s bid to sign highly rated French forward have surfaced and it appears that they will step up their efforts to capture Kylian Mbappe this month. The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and Los Blancos are the favorites to win Mbappe over.
PSG has not yet made an extension offer for Mbappe, preferring to wait for him to make up his mind about staying in France. Reports from the Spanish capital have, however, mostly focused on Mbappe’s desire for a wage that is more in line with that of Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior (€10–12 million) than his current contract, which is reportedly worth about €70 million annually. Mbappe is believed to know that they will not break the bank for him.
Cadena Cope says there’s a little twist to that offer. They are offering him a base salary of about €15 million year, but they are also giving up some of their image rights in exchange for a €60 million signing bonus. Real Madrid typically keeps the tens of millions of dollars in image rights for themselves, but Cope claims they are willing to give Mbappe 60% of those rights.
The image rights were reportedly a major topic of discussion between the two throughout the Mbappe 2022 drama, as Mbappe was eager to change the game in that aspect. The current captain of France refused to allow the French Football Federation permission to use his image rights for a number of years, therefore they were unable to use their most valuable asset in marketing campaigns.
This year, Real Betis had a busy deadline day, concluding the transfer season with four signings; nevertheless, there is some uncertainty regarding the ultimate outcome of the fourth. Pablo Fornals, a midfielder for West Ham, was supposed to sign with Los Verdiblancos upon his return to Spain, but the contract is on hold because his paperwork hasn’t been submitted on time from London.
According to Relevo‘s report, Betis CEO Ramon Alarcon admits as much. The Hammers, like Said Benrahma’s transfer to Olympique Lyon, have stated that their tardiness was caused by a technological malfunction. Following the sale of Luiz Henrique to Botafogo for €16 million + €4 million in variables, Betis proceeded to acquire Cedric Bakambu from Galatasaray for €5 million and Chimy Avila from Osasuna for €4 million. Fornals is anticipated to be Manuel Pellegrini’s third reinforcement in a trio.
It was expected to cost Betis an additional €6 million plus €2 million in contingencies. However, FIFA has not yet confirmed the transaction, so all parties are still waiting. In order to include them in their Conference League roster, Betis intends to finalize the trade by the end of Friday.
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