The World Cup winner continues to run his contract down at PSG, although the Madrid president suggests his comments were misinterpreted
Florentino Perez has hinted that a deal to take Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid could be finalised during the winter transfer window, with the World Cup-winning forward continuing to run down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
The 22-year-old has seen a switch to the Spanish capital speculated on for some time, with the Liga giants making no secret of their interest in one of the most devastating talents in world football.
A long-running saga could be brought to a close early in 2022, with Mbappe set to find himself in a position where pre-contract terms can be discussed with suitors outside of France if no extension is agreed at Parc des Princes.
Real president Perez told El Debate when asked for an update on the Blancos’ pursuit of Mbappe: “We hope that on January 1 everything can be solved.”
Have Real Madrid made a bid before?
The Liga heavyweights have had Mbappe on their radar since he first burst onto a senior stage at Monaco.
Efforts were made to get a deal done once it became apparent in the summer of 2017 that he would be on the move, but a hot prospect opted to join fellow frontman Neymar in Paris.
Interest from Madrid has been retained since then, with the last transfer window seeing Real make another big-money play for a top target.