On the 5th of May, Marca published an article declaring that Kylian Mbappé wants to come to Real Madrid, according to L’Équipe.
The reality is far more nuanced than that, for two reasons.
Jorge Mendes’s desire to get involved is a massive negative for Los Blancos. In Mendes’ only meeting with Mbappé’s camp, who have surrounded themselves with a series of able lawyers, the Portuguese super-agent was told that they did not need the presence of a powerful agent in the deal.
The second factor against Real Madrid is that Mbappé is seeking consistent playing time, something that Los Blancos are unlikely to offer him next season if Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are all at the club.
If the rumours linking the Welshman away from the club come true this window, perhaps that could change things. Mbappé adores Cristiano Ronaldo and has a serious soft spot for Real. It is still however a lot of ifs and buts.