Kylian Mbappe’s signing fee means PSG bought him twice

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Paris Saint-Germain have finally convinced Kylian Mbappe to choose them over Real Madrid.

It was revealed on Saturday that Mbappe had agreed to sign a new contract at PSG, rejecting an ‘almost identical’ offer from Real.

Mbappe had just one month left on his current contract with PSG, so a move to Real would have been a free transfer.

It would have been anything but free.

Although Real wouldn’t have paid a transfer fee to PSG, his signing fee alone was to be higher than all but two transfer fees in football history.

It is understood that because the offers from PSG and Real were so similar, Mbappe is still going to receive such payment.

According to Spanish journalist and football expert Guillem Balague, Mbappe is set to receive €150m in fees for signing his new contract with PSG. This figure does not include his salary.

To put that into context, PSG paid Monaco €180m when they bought Mbappe from their Ligue 1 rivals in 2018, after an initial loan spell.

His PSG teammate Neymar is the only player in world football who has cost more than Mbappe in transfer fees.

Neymar moved for 198 million euros in 2017 when PSG activated the buyout clause in his contract at Barcelona.

Barcelona were furious back then. They had believed that such a high price had made Neymar inaccessible.

But for PSG, he was very accessible.

PSG’s unparalleled wealth led them to take Barcelona’s prized asset without asking.

And now they have effectively bought Mbappe – the second most expensive footballer in the world – twice.

Kylian Mbappe pictured (left) celebrating a goal for PSG with team-mate Neymar in April 2022

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