Kylian Mbappe Contract Renewal Stalls Over Transfer Release Clause
Kylian Mbappe has demanded a transfer release clause in any new contract at PSG, which could scupper Real Madrid's future plans to sign him for cheaper than expected.
The forward is already one of the best players in the world despite being just 21-years-old and has been heavily linked with a huge profile move, with both Real Madrid and Liverpool reportedly interested.
Mbappe's deal with PSG expires in 2022 and the Ligue 1 side want to tie him down to a longer contract to stop him leaving for nothing in just two years time.
According to Spanish outlet AS, the two sides are in talks but the deal has been held up with the player 'demanding' a transfer release clause is inserted in the deal to allow him to move should the price be met.
Fans of PSG needn't worry too much though, any release clause is likely to be higher than the £198 million that the French side paid Barcelona to activate Neymar's clause in 2017, the deal that accelerated transfer prices worldwide.
The news will come as a blow to Real. The Spanish giants were hoping to follow their tactics which saw them buy Eden Hazard last summer in order to sign the Frenchman next year.
Los Blancos waited until the Belgian had just one year left on his deal at Chelsea to make sure they could sign him for less. as Hazard could have just waited a year and left for nothing.
A new deal would tie him to the Parc des Princes for another few years and likely mean it would require a world record fee to sign the former Monaco forward.
Liverpool have also been linked with the striker in recent times, with reports that Jurgen Klopp has spoken to the player's father, though the manager has also ruled out a move saying it would be too expensive for the Reds.
beIN Sports claimed that Karim Benzema has the highest release clause in world football, with the Real Madrid forward reportedly available to sign for an astronomical €1 billion.
Barcelona seem to have learnt from their mistake with Neymar as Antoine Griezmann, who signed last summer, has an €800 million release clause, with club's in Spain having to insert them into contracts.