This past January, people with contact with Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatar owner informed Kylian Mbappe that they were studying his transfer to MU, provided he approved and the “Red Devils” were acquired. by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Islamic Bank of Qatar (BIQ).
According to sources from the Paris club, the French striker is not committed to anything, but claims that the idea looks interesting to him.
On Monday, Mbappe, whose contract with PSG ends in June 2024, sent the club a letter stating that he was not interested in extending his relationship until 2025, a provision in agreement renewed last year.
Mbappe’s letter to PSG coincides with the announcement that Sheikh Jassim has reached an agreement to buy MU.
Al-Watan newspaper, which is owned by Sheikh Jassim’s family, reported that the sale was in fact closed after the Qatar delegation completed negotiations with representatives of the Glazer brothers, the American owners. of MU.
The New York Stock Exchange’s response was immediate. Club shares rose as much as 10% in afternoon trading on Tuesday.
Fahad Al-Emadi, director of Al-Watan said: “All the news points to the success of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jassim in the acquisition of MU and the deal will be announced soon.”
While waiting for BIQ to officially buy MU, L’Equipe newspaper reported that PSG had decided to sell Mbappe this summer if he chose not to extend his contract until 2025.
Until now, Real Madrid is the club that shows the greatest interest in recruiting Mbappe in the event that he leaves Paris.
However, the striker did not want to accept the offer of the Spanish club last year, citing emotional reasons: Paris is his city and PSG, his club of life.
No Madrid, only MU?
Following Mbappe’s letter, Le Parisien newspaper assured him that he wanted to sign for Real Madrid this summer. The French player denied immediately via tweet: “Lie. I said I will continue next season at PSG, where I am very happy.”
Sources consulted at PSG warn that it is very unlikely that Mbappe will send a letter stating that he will not renew without a club buying in advance.
“Mbappe knew that after that letter, his year of living with extremists in Paris would be very difficult,” people pointed out from PSG.
The consulting team also pointed out that Mbappe knows that a move to Real Madrid is practically impossible, as he still has a one-year contract with PSG.
In the Park of the Princes, everyone knows that the relationship between the owners of Qatar and Florentino Perez, the president of Madrid, has long since broken. Negotiating a deal of this size would be exhausting.
Today, the intentions of PSG and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi are only related to keeping Mbappe or selling him to a fraternity.
The fight between the club and Mbappe may just be a smoke screen. It is said that this story is likely to prelude to his arrival at MU, in an activity confirmed by the Government of Qatar.
The princes of the Persian Gulf state are keen on proving to the football world that both clubs are independent, as opposed to the façade of coordinated joint ownership from Qatar.
Last week, The Athletic reported that Al-Khelaifi was a key figure in the negotiations between Sheikh Jassim and the Glazers.
People close to Al-Khelaifi revealed that the Qatar delegation involved in the purchase of MU has proposed to Mbappe an exit that benefits all parties: he will play in the richest team in the Premier League, the league. strongest in the world, and leave a minimum of 200 million for PSG in the form of a transfer, a situation that compensates for the Paris club.
If Mbappe stays until 2024, PSG will get no financial benefit from its biggest star.
This Tuesday, Mbappe took on PSG in a statement to AFP news agency, which assured him that he had long ago emphasized to the club that he would not extend into 2024.
Kylian insists that the email sent on Monday to PSG “had the sole objective of confirming what was previously clarified”.
The Qataris insist that both PSG and MU will officially belong to different owners. While the Old Trafford team will fall into the hands of BIQ, PSG is owned by the sovereign wealth fund of the state of Qatar.
Now UEFA must declare itself. As a precaution against conflicts of interest, Article 5.01 of the UEFA Competition Regulations prohibits two clubs from having the same owner or being controlled directly or indirectly by the same person, under penalty of expulsion of either club. from continental tournaments.
Sources familiar with PSG’s activities say UEFA has said that they will allow both MU and the Paris club to participate in next season’s Champions League.
In this regard, chairman Aleksander Ceferin, said in an interview with Gary Neville in March: “This is not saying ‘no’ to a shared ownership club. We need to review the rules. “.
The start of MU’s semi-official process was announced on November 22, 2022, when the Glazer family announced that they were “exploring alternatives” to transfer ownership of the club.
Last week, Sheikh Jassim sent his American partner his final offer, 6 billion euros (about 5.13 million pounds) for complete control of MU, an amount that exceeded Jim Rattclife’s bid. The club transfer record is currently owned by Chelsea, when billionaire Todd Boehly bought it for £ 4.25 billion.
Ngoc Huy | 12:36 June 14, 2023