Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly reconciled to losing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer.
After endless speculation and debate, the French superstar is expected to join Real Madrid ahead of the 2022/23 season once his contract with PSG expires.
Los Blancos have fought with all their might not to let Mbappe – already one of the best players in the world at 23 – slip away from them and become a Real Madrid player after becoming a free agent.
And while it has felt like the world’s worst-kept secret for some time that Mbappe would end up at the Santiago Bernabeu, that doesn’t mean PSG haven’t tried to keep their exceptional French star.
Les Parisiens rejected an offer of around £145.8million in the summer of 2021 – the same summer that Mbappe entered the final 12 months of his deal – and rejected offers again in January 2022, hoping they would triple that Ligue 1 player of the year signs a new contract.
However, her recent offer to keep him around is utterly absurd.
PSG’s overwhelming Mbappe contract offer
According to Spanish outlet El ChiringuitoPSG have made Mbappe an extraordinary offer that would have made him the owner of the club’s sporting project and given him the power to change the club’s managers, coaches and players.
Yes, you read that correctly. Of course, this also goes hand in hand with an astronomical financial offer, if the report is to be believed.
This would certainly be the first – and certainly the best-known – case in which an active player at a club would have managerial powers over the manager and the team. Incredible.
When we heard the news, we were on the job GIBMESPORT Think of the slightly less extreme but equally bizarre clauses that have been rumored and reportedly inserted into players’ contracts over the years.
The strangest contract clauses in football
Dennis Bergkamp – No flight clause
Arsenal’s legendary Dutch creator had a rather specific request when settling in north London, which turned out to be costly. Bergkamp had a severe fear of flying and lost earnings of up to £100,000 in negotiations because he insisted he would not fly out of fear. This caused him to miss away games and European trips but didn’t stop him from becoming one of their best forwards.
Luis Suarez – No bite clause
After building a reputation for biting opponents at Ajax and Liverpool, and then doing it again at the World Cup with Giorgio Chiellini, Barcelona cracked down on Suarez’s antics when he signed for the club. A clause in his contract said he would be sold if he committed another biting offense, at least according to reports President Josep Bartomeu was keen to rat out.
Stefan Schwarz – Space clause
With the world convinced that commercial space travel would become possible for those who could afford it a few years into the 21st century, space-obsessed would-be astronaut and Valencia star Schwarz was banned from traveling into space when he died in 1999 signed for Sunderland and authorized his contract to be torn up if he did. Thankfully, that never paid off.
Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien – Cooking course clause
Although midfielder Guie-Mien had already impressed with Karlsruher in Germany, he expressed his distaste for German food when he joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 1999. So much so that he only agreed to sign for the club if they gave his wife cooking lessons.
Giuseppe Reina – New house clause
Desperate to expand his real estate portfolio by appearances, Reina asked new club Armenia Bielefield in 1996 to build him a house for every year he played for them. What he didn’t specify was the type of house and was instead given Lego houses, which was settled in court.
Matija Nastasic – Adidas boot clause
After his spell in Manchester, Nastasic went to Germany in 2014 to sign for Schalke. However, conflict arose when a clause was included in his contract stating that he must wear adidas football boots at all times, except for medical reasons. The Serb, who was a Nike-sponsored athlete at the time, had to find a medical excuse to stop wearing the adidas boots instead.
Stig Inge Bjornebye – No ski clause
The son of an Olympic skier, Liverpool were suspicious of Bjornebye’s keen interest in skiing when he signed him in 1992. To protect their £600,000 investment, they included a clause banning the Norwegian from skiing whenever he went home.
Samuel Eto’o – Private Jet Clause
When Eto’o became the world’s highest-paid player in 2011 by signing for sudden financial giant Anzhi Mackhachkala, he made sure to make the most of the contract period. At the Dagestan-based club, Eto’o demanded a clause ensuring he would travel to every game by private jet.
Robert Lewandowski – No extreme sports clause
When his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired and the European bidding war for a young Lewandowski began, Real Madrid jostled alongside Bayern Munich for his signature. But forward their proposal to the Poles leakedand had apparently inserted a clause prohibiting him from motorcycling, skiing, motor boating, paragliding and rock climbing.
Lars Bohinen – carpet clause and so on
The saying goes: If you don’t ask, you get nothing. And boy, boy, asked Bohinen. In a bid to stay at Nottingham Forest in 1995, the Norway midfielder told the club to replace the carpet in the house they bought him because he was getting lint in his nose.
In addition, according to then-manager Frank Clarke, there were about 50 other inquiries, including looking for a job for his wife and six return flights to Oslo a year. As a result, he went to Blackburn.
Ronaldinho – exit clause
Everyone knows by this point that Ronaldinho loves to party, but Flamengo learned it the hard way in 2011. When he signed for the Brazilian side, the football legend insisted his contract would give him two evenings a week. He’s a weirdo.
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