Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly targeting transfers of Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba and Eduardo Camavinga as replacements for Kylian Mbappe, despite sporting director Leonardo claiming the French side has no plan B in case he leaves.
Leonardo has insisted that the club’s stance on the Frenchman ‘remains unchanged’, despite Real Madrid appearing determined to get their hands on the PSG prodigy.
Saw the LaLiga Giants their opening bid of £137 million was rejected, with the Parisians reportedly demanding £188 million.
PSG could set transfer targets if they lose Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid
If Real manage to bring Mbappe to the Bernabeu this summer, there could be three chances for PSG to add to their star-studded squad.
Haaland, Pogba and Camavinga have all been touted by The team as targets to fill the potential void left by the 22-year-old.
Borussia Dortmund phenom Haaland had been named as a prospect for Real if they failed to secure Mbappe’s services this summer.
The 21-year-old hitman already had talks with the club in April through his agent Mino Raiola.
But the potential Mbappé hold of Los Blancos this summer could make the Norwegian head for the French capital.
Dortmund hit man Erling Haaland (right) had talks with Real Madrid, but was able to go to PSG
Camavinga is one of Europe’s hottest young prospects after his appearances in the engine room at Rennes last season and he has been linked with a move to some of Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid.
But both the Premier League and LaLiga giants have taken a hit in their hunt for Camavinga, as PSG near a £25.7 million transfer for the youngster, Ouest-France, according to Ouest-France. The team.
United were looking for a midfielder amid speculation that Pogba could be on his way to Paris and the Rennes midfielder had made the shortlist.
However, with the 28-year-old looking set to stay at Old Trafford – at least this season – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interest in Camavinga has cooled.
Eduardo Camavinga’s achievements have led to him appearing on PSG’s radar as well
Camavinga’s possible signing by PSG could also affect their hunt for the United star.
The Parisians were reportedly willing to offer Pogba a wage of £510,000 a week if he joins them for free next summer, but that deal could be off the table if they meet Camavinga before the deadline.
Leonardo has repeatedly refuted the prospect of Mbappe running this summer, openly criticizing Real’s ‘disrespectful’ approach.
Paul Pogba has a one-year contract left and looks set to stay at United this season
Leonardo was furious at Real’s offer, with a fee that was less than the amount they paid for the star when they signed him at 18, and he accused the Spanish side of an illegal approach and a lack of respect.
When asked whether the club was angry with Mbappe in an interview with Marca, L’Equipe, Le Parisien, the agency AFP and radio RMC, Leonardo said: “We are not happy. But nothing and no one is stopping us from fulfilling our dream. There is a contract with another year to go and an offer that is insufficient.
“There is no plan B. We have a very positive atmosphere at the club and everyone is enthusiastic about the project. We never thought about a plan without Mbappe.’
Leonardo accused Real Madrid of an illegal approach and a lack of respect for PSG
“PSG’s position has always been to keep Kylian. That has been the goal for the past two years and it remains unchanged,” he added.
“Two months ago we made him a big offer – at the level of the best players – and more recently an offer that was even higher, but this is Real Madrid’s strategy, to name one of our have players.
“For the past two years, Madrid’s behavior has been incorrect, illegal, contacting its representatives, unacceptable, completely incorrect towards us. And the proof of this strategy is to bid seven days before the market closes and a year before the end of its contract. It seems like a strategy that suggests they’ve tried everything.
‘It’s not the sum’ [offered] which we think is far from what we thought. And we’re not going to sell a player for less than we paid for him when he was 18. We have to give a certain amount to Monaco and the offer is not enough.’
Real Madrid have made an offer to try to sign Mbappe before the end of the period
Despite his persistent refusal that PSG is willing to relinquish their hold on Mbappé, Leonardo appeared to be leaving the door open for the World Cup winner to make the move to the Spanish capital should Madrid increase their offer.
Not everything Leonardo said seemed to rule out Mbappe’s departure this summer, as he added: “I’ve always said he wouldn’t leave the club for free. We talked a lot with him and with his family and representatives.
‘We never opened the door for him’ [for him to leave]. If someone wants to go, we don’t say no, but they leave on our terms. We’ll see what happens.’