A LOOK AT LA LIGA
Signing Kylian Mbappé would be better for Real Madrid and Spanish football than retaining Lionel Messi for the autumn years of his illustrious career.
By just writing the words Kylian Mbappé I may have captured your attention and made it easier for the headline writer.
What we are all trying to work out is whether the constant speculation of a move to Real Madrid has any foundation or is it a case of the club's president trying to win over the supporters.
As a commentator I would love to be calling out the fantastic Frenchman's name every week. The Madrid fans would be ecstatic at seeing the most talented young player in world football week in, week out, and the marketing men dream of having such a draw at their fingertips.
Mbappé may already have a World Cup winners medal and won every honour in France but his best years are ahead of him.
He seems destined for a career move to the Bernabéu. If he lets his contract run out at Paris Saint-Germain he can sign up for free in 2022. To recruit him before the transfer window closes Real Madrid need to agree a fee with PSG. The reported figure is 160 million euros. Apparently, the French club are demanding more for a player who scored 42 goals last season.
Signing him would be a sensation for Real and the whole of Spanish football. It wouldn't be a sprinkle of stardust; it would be a thunderstorm. A new Galáctico era would be launched.
The paparazzi who headed to the French capital to sneak a peek at Lionel Messi would be on the first jet to Spain.
Messi may be regarded as a coup for the French, but his impact may only be short-term.
Just look at Cristiano Ronaldo who headed to Italy at great expense. He's still strutting his stuff, yet Juventus can't wait to offload him. His representatives are working overtime in trying to find him a new footballing home. In a couple of years, it may be the same for Messi.
Mbappé has a good decade in him. His unveiling would undoubtedly make the Bernabéu an even hotter ticket at the grand reopening in September and go a long way to packing it out as fans are allowed back in. It would bring Real Madrid into vogue, heighten the issues at their great rivals Barcelona and give a fairly decent team another dimension.
This could all be delayed for twelve months when the only cost would be agent and signing-on fees. Financially it makes sense to hold fire. Romantically, it would bring the hottest player on the planet to La Liga.
PSG are shrugging their shoulders and playing hard ball. Although the owners are famed for their wealth, there will become a point where they will blink. Let's face it, they already have Messi and Neymar. How many riches do you need?
So, prepare for a bunch of billionaires doing business. Personally, I can't wait to start shouting Mbappé's name as he opens his La Liga goalscoring account.