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The future of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been something of a major talking point for a couple of years now. The French international has been linked with a departure from the Ligue 1 club this summer especially, but what do the odds suggest will be his likeliest next club?
Mbappe won the Ligue 1 Golden Boot Award last season thanks to his 29-goal return, which assisted his club side in winning yet another league title. However, with the club continually failing in the UEFA Champions League, the talented forward has started to open his eyes and look to elsewhere to improve his chances of winning this prestigious trophy.
Whilst the 24-year-old still has time on his side, he may wish to take on a greater challenge in the next step of his career. With competition in Ligue 1 somewhat limited, a switch to a La Liga, Premier League, Serie A or Bundesliga club might be a proposition that attracts him. Of course, only so many clubs would be able to afford him, but he is now entering the last year of his current contract.
With that in mind, let us look at what the bookies say in who is likely to be the next club where Mbappe plays his football.
Mbappe next club: Real Madrid – 4/6
Mbappe is quite a heavy odds-on shot to be moving to Real Madrid in the near future. This won’t come as a massive surprise given he has expressed a desire to play for the La Liga giants some day. With Karim Benzema moving on to Saudi Arabia, there is currently an attacking vacancy that needs filling, and Mbappe would be the perfect individual to step in.
Real Madrid are also proven in the UEFA Champions League, which is the biggest trophy missing from Mbappe’s arsenal of awards. No team has won this competition more than Carlo Ancelotti’s side with 14, with rivals Barcelona in second with seven. They’ve only won the league title four times in 12 seasons, and Mbappe could help improve this.
Mbappe next club: Newcastle United – 14/1
The vast amount of wealth which has come into Newcastle United over the last few years means that they will continually be linked with high-profile players such as Mbappe. However, the reality is that the Magpies haven’t really added any superstars to their roster since Eddie Howe’s appointment. He himself says he doesn’t necessarily want to do that for the sake of it.
Whilst the Newcastle project will attract many players, Mbappe is not likely to want to entertain a switch like this just yet. Newcastle are likely to need a few Premier League titles under their belts before they could entertain signing a player like Mbappe. Whilst they are second-favourites to sign him, 14/1 still indicates how unlikely this move is at present.
Mbappe next club: Manchester City – 16/1
Mbappe to Manchester City would be quite a frightening prospect for clubs all across Europe, especially in the English Premier League. With Erling Haaland already on their books, fitting Mbappe into the side would require a bit of a formation shift, but with Pep Guardiola in charge you could never rule that out. Finances give them a chance, but again it’s an unlikely transfer.
Man City have just recorded a historic club treble in what is surely the best season in their history. Now that they are at the top of their game, perhaps the club hierarchy feel as though a big-name signing such as Mbappe could be what they need. Mbappe would surely seriously consider such an offer, but his heart is clearly set on moving to Spain with Real Madrid.
Mbappe next club: Any Italian club – 16/1
Would a move to Italy really be something Mbappe would consider at this moment? Probably not. However, Serie A teams had a great season last year on the European front in relation to having clubs involved in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League Finals. None of them ended off as winners, but the league might be returning to former glories.
Realistically, you’d have to narrow down the ‘any Italian club’ market to the likes of Napoli, Inter, Milan and Juventus, but you just can’t see any of those clubs being able to offer Mbappe wants he wants, certainly financially. Maybe later in his career he may want to take on this challenge, but 16/1 might as well be 160/1 really!
Mbappe next club: Liverpool – 20/1
The final club we will focus on is Liverpool, and there have been relatively small whispers in the past about the club making a move for Mbappe. However, he is now a household name across the footballing scene, and the club would really have to break the bank to bring him in. That cannot be completely ruled out, but it is probably out of their reach at the moment.
Having a front line of Mbappe, Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo would be something to give Manchester City plenty to think about in the Premier League, and Jurgen Klopp would surely love for it to happen, but again it seems a non-starter. He’d fit the team quite nicely, and probably more effectively than Real Madrid, but Reds fans will have to keep dreaming with this one.
Mbappe next club: Conclusion
It would be a big, big shock if the next club Mbappe plays for is not Real Madrid. Everything appears to be in place to make this deal become a reality. Although Mbappe says he expects to stay at PSG for the upcoming season, signing a new deal to extend his stay is not expected. Therefore, the French club may decide to cash in on him now for a bigger fee.
Him playing as an out-and-out striker with Real Madrid would be a bit of a different role to the one he often plays for PSG and France. He often favours drifting to a wide left position, but that slot is currently taken up by Vinícius Júnior and surely they won’t move him to another area of the pitch. It would be an interesting transition but one he is clearly capable of executing to a high standard.
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