Ochicken real Madridsat down to negotiate with Fayza Lamari, Kylian Mbappehis mother, and Delphine Verheyden, his lawyer, they already expected there would be pressure to increase the terms they agreed to last summer. But they did not expect such an ambitious approach.
“Whether real Madrid were ready to pay PSG 200 million euros for Mbappe last summer, now we want that €200m since there’s no transfer fee,” was more or less the message.
Although this might seem like an incredible request at first, it quickly became clear that this was a serious request and several weeks of offers and counter-offers followed.
real Madrid eventually managed to lower the signing bonus to €130m, which would still be the highest ever paid to a footballer.
As for the salary, it has also been revised upwards compared to what was agreed last summer, when the agreement was 25 million euros net per year, while there were also new negotiations. on image rights, where the percentage had been set above 60%.
It’s clear that the football industry is changing, as 63% of players who changed clubs in 2020 did so as free agents when their contracts with their former clubs ended, according to FIFA data.
Big stars like Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ousmane Dembele have recently moved as free agents or negotiated deals knowing their contracts were about to expire.
Since their new clubs don’t have to pay transfer fees for them, they can negotiate higher salaries, huge signing bonuses and better commissions for their agents.
This is similar to how Haaland by force Manchester City include an exit clause in just two seasons, thus keeping his fate in his own hands, when that is how it is Mbappe could bring a signing bonus of 130 million euros to real Madrid i.e. a renewal premium of 180 million euros of PSG.
As the best footballer in the world, he has the bargaining power and he knows it.
Faced with this situation, many in the industry are asking FIFA to legislate on this subject in one way or another, arguing that transfer money no longer circulates between clubs, which weakens the ‘industry.
In any case, the reality is that we should no longer speak of “free agents”, since they are not free.
The players are their own businesses and they’re trying to take their current clubs out of the transfer equation to take all the cake themselves, and it looks like they’re on the right track to achieve that.