On Wednesday, it was claimed Manchester United were keeping tabs on Kylian Mbappe. The PSG star only renewed his contract back in the summer transfer window but, in the short time since, it’s emerged he can leave for free in 2024. However, the Red Devils are reportedly yet to make contact with the 23-year-old ahead of any potential move to Old Trafford in the future.
Manchester United have signed several free agents in recent years, from Christian Eriksen to Tom Heaton, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Lee Grant.
But Mbappe would be the biggest coup of the lot.
The PSG star was expected to join Real Madrid back in the summer transfer window, only to end up penning a new contract at the Parc des Princes instead.
Though the World Cup winner signed a three-year contract, it’s since transpired that the third year is optional – meaning Mbappe is able to leave for free in 2024.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, United are yet to make contact with the France international’s representatives despite suggestions they’re keeping tabs on the player.
“Honestly, at the moment, there is nothing between Manchester United and Kylian Mbappe,” he told CaughtOffside.
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“Mbappe has only recently extended his contract with PSG, so I think it makes little sense to discuss any club at the moment, including Manchester United.”
Even if Mbappe was to leave United, there’s no guarantee they’d be in any position to recruit the forward.
As one of the best players in the world, he’d likely want trophies. And the Red Devils are yet to claim any silverware since securing the Europa League title back in 2017, when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost.
Then, there’s Real Madrid – and Liverpool as well.
Madrid would have to be considered as being in pole position to land the 23-year-old, given how much they’ve targeted the forward in the past.
And Mbappe confirmed back in the summer that, prior to extending his PSG contract, he also talked with Liverpool as well.
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Speaking in May, he said: “We talked a little bit, but not too much.
“I talked to Liverpool because it’s the favourite club of my mum, my mum loves Liverpool. I don’t know why, you will have to ask her.
“It’s a good club and we met them five years ago. When I was in Monaco I met them.
“It’s a big club. Of course, it was between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the end.”
Manchester City would also likely be tempted.
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They already have one superstar in the form of Erling Haaland, who has scored 13 goals in nine appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund back in the summer.
So pairing the Norway international alongside Mbappe, on paper at least, would be a fascinating prospect.
Speaking earlier in the year, meanwhile, Emmanuel Petit implored United to pursue the forward when his PSG contract was expiring.
“He’s a leader at PSG,” Petit told Genting Casino. “There are big talks [over his future] and big speculation – is he going to stay or is he going to leave?
“He recently said there have been new elements in his reflections, so maybe there is a third club after him.
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“There is speculation if it’s a club from England or Germany. It’s not Barcelona.
“So it’s Real Madrid, PSG and maybe it’s Bayern Munich, but do they have the money? Is it the policy of Bayern Munich?
“Maybe there is a club in England. People are talking about Manchester City and Liverpool, but why not Manchester United.
“I know Kylian is very linked to his town, the fans, family and friends – so it’s a huge decision for him.
“If PSG convince him to stay and he will be the centre of the new project, it could be enough to keep Mbappe, but it will be very difficult.”
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