Kylian Mbappe 'getting closer' to Real Madrid move next summer with Paris Saint-Germain 'pessimistic' over their chances of getting the French star to sign a new contract as they look set to lose him on a free
Mbappe is in the final year of his deal at the Parc des Princes and could leave the club for nothing at the end of the season.
AS Sport have reported that Mbappe is 'getting closer' to the Bernabeu, with his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
In October, Mbappe confirmed that he had asked to leave PSG in the summer, but the club refused to do so.
Despite his wishes to join Madrid, PSG were said to have been optimistic in August over their chances of keeping the Frenchman, as they looked to make him the highest-paid member of a squad which also consists Lionel Messi and Neymar.
However, there is now just over a month to go to try and convince Mbappe to stay, before he can speak to foreign clubs over a pre-contract agreement at the start of January.
The club don't have long left and Mbappe has rejected all offers which have been put on his table since his arrival from Monaco in 2017.
Losing one of the best young players in world football would obviously come as a huge blow for the French giants.
While Lionel Messi has struggled to hit the ground running in Paris and Neymar has under-performed this season, Mbappe has been in excellent form so far.
Mbappe has scored nine goals in 18 appearances across all competitions, also providing 12 assists.
Speaking to French outlet RMC Sport in October, he said: 'I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement.
'It is a club which brought me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years that I spent here, and I still am.
'I announced it early enough that the club can turn around. I wanted everyone to come out grown up, to leave hand in hand, to make a good deal, and I respected that. I said, ''if you don't want me to leave, I will stay''.'
The France star also furiously hit back at suggestions that he only tried to force a move to LaLiga in the final week of the transfer window.
PSG sporting director Leonardo accused the 13-time European champions of 'illegal and disrespectful behaviour' after their first bid, and added the proposal 'seems like a strategy from Real to get us to say ''no'' and then to say that they did everything to get him before getting him on a free.'