Real Madrid fans have been buzzing with excitement as rumors swirl around the potential signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. While reports suggest that the 25-year-old superstar has made up his mind about his future, negotiations are still pending. Despite the anticipation, Mbappe has not put pen to paper, and meeting his demands could disrupt Real Madrid’s salary structure.

According to various sources, including renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is hesitant to offer Mbappe a salary as hefty as what was proposed in 2022. However, Mbappe’s financial expectations seem unchanged. Reports from Cadena SER reveal three key demands that the French forward has put forth regarding his compensation.

Firstly, Mbappe is seeking an annual gross salary of €50 million. This figure would nearly double the upper limit of Real Madrid’s current salary framework, where top earners are believed to receive around €14-15 million annually. Secondly, he is requesting a substantial signing bonus of €125 million, which effectively serves as a discounted transfer fee for both himself and his mother/agent, Fayza Lamari. Lastly, Mbappe is insisting on retaining a portion of his image rights, a departure from Real Madrid’s customary practice of retaining full control over player image rights. While there have been murmurs of the club’s willingness to concede up to 60% of these rights in recent reports, it remains a departure from the norm.

While these demands may seem exorbitant, Real Madrid’s eagerness to secure Mbappe’s signature, after years of pursuing him, suggests that they may be willing to meet his terms. After all, Mbappe’s exceptional talent and marketability make him a prized asset for any club. However, there is a possibility that these demands could become deal-breakers if they significantly disrupt Real Madrid’s financial stability or salary structure.

Real Madrid remains optimistic about their chances of landing Kylian Mbappe, negotiations are still ongoing, and nothing is set in stone. The club’s willingness to accommodate Mbappe’s demands, while maintaining financial prudence, will ultimately determine whether this long-awaited transfer becomes a reality. As the football world eagerly awaits Mbappe’s decision, one thing is certain: his arrival at Real Madrid would undoubtedly make waves in the sport.

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