Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has accused Real Madrid of malicious approach as Kylian Mbappe insists on swapping Ligue 1 for La Liga.
Real Madrid launched a blockbuster £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday evening but failed to match Paris Saint-Germain’s valuation of their wantaway star.
Los Blancos have reportedly asked PSG for permission to negotiate personal terms with the World Cup winner as they look to make the 22-year-old their marquee summer signing.
However, Leonardo has rubbished such talks, accusing the Spanish powerhouse of ‘an illegal approach and a lack of respect.’
“PSG’s position has always been to keep Kylian – that’s been the aim for the last two years and it remains unchanged,” he told L’Equipe, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
“We made him a big offer two months ago – at the level of the best players – and another even more recently which was even higher, but this is a strategy of Real Madrid, to have the name of one of our players.
“For the last two years, the behaviour of Madrid has been incorrect, illegal, getting in contact with his representatives, unacceptable, completely incorrect towards us.
“And the proof of this strategy is to present an offer seven days before the market shuts and a year before the end of his contract. It seems like a strategy that suggests they have tried everything.
“I’m not going to get into figures, but the €160m is less than we paid for him. But this goes further than this.
“It’s the way things have been done. It’s disrespectful.
“We have done everything for Kylian to be with us and one week [from close of the market], we are not going to change plans. If a player wants to go, he goes but under our conditions.”
Despite Leonardo’s accusations, Real Madrid look to be in a prime position to lure Mbappe away from Paris in the final days of the summer.
Indeed, the PSG chief has handed Los Merengues’ hopes of carrying out a deal a massive boost, though Florentino Perez will likely have to up his initial bid to get the green light.
The Frenchman has his heart set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and it is only a matter of time before he becomes a new Galactico.
It is now up to Les Parisiens to calculate the risk and decide whether they want to keep Mbappe this season only to lose him on a free transfer next summer.