‘Now we offer €200m’ – Real Madrid release public Kylian Mbappe statement amid Liverpool transfer rumours
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spoken of his frustration as the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga drags on.
Mbappe looked to be on his way to the Spanish capital in the summer after informing Paris Saint-Germain of his desire to leave the Parc des Princes to seek a new challenge.
The French side denied the 22-year-old to join Los Blancos, however, after rejecting a second bid for the France international worth €200m (£171.7m) on transfer deadline-day.
It has been reported that the Spanish giants then submitted a third offer, which was ignored.
With a new deal yet to be agreed, Mbappe can begin pre-contract negotiations with other clubs from January as his deal at PSG is set to expire in the summer.
Reflecting on Madrid’s failed pursuit of the French forward in the previous transfer window, Perez has criticised PSG’s refusal to sell their star man but remained upbeat regarding the possibility of a free transfer.
“The state-owned clubs don’t sell their players. It’s a madness,” he told Spanish journalist Ramon Alvarez.
“Now we offer €200 million for a single player and they don’t sell him. When players finish their contract, it’s better.”
Perez added: “Since coming back to the club [in 2009], I am fighting. There are a lot of things that need to change, one way or another.”
Liverpool are among the teams to have been linked with a move for the World Cup winner in recent months.
Recently quizzed on his PSG future after a scintillating performance in a World Cup qualifier for France, Mbappe told reporters:
“I have spent five extraordinary years here [at PSG], I have taken advantage of every moment and I continue to do so. I am happy both on the pitch and in my personal life.
“Now there are many things, great challenges and I have already spoken about that.
“I’m here, I’m still here, I’m here this season.”