As you’re no doubt aware, German newspaper Der Spiegel are currently in the midst of publishing a slew of leaks that have exposed some of the iffy dealings that permeate football at the elite, corporate end.
It’s nothing we didn’t already expect was going on, but the emails and documents being laid bare have revealed the true extent that the mega-rich clubs of the world are willing to go to preserve their own business interests – just ask Man City.
Today’s Der Spiegel leak pertains to Kylian Mbappe and specifically the nauseating amounts of money involved in the teenage striker’s bloated transfer between Monaco and PSG in 2017.
In an article entitled ‘It’s Raining Money for the Wunderkind‘, many of the clauses and bargaining points in
First of all, it is claimed that Mbappe and his representatives initially asked Monaco to raise the value of his contract by 16 times the salary he had negotiated with the club just 15 months previous.
Monaco inevitably balked and decided to sell their young asset there and then.
Real Madrid were interested (and even had a €214million deal tentatively agreed) but Mbappe wanted to return to his home city of Paris, leaving PSG as the only viable option.
As we know, PSG had just spluffed a mountain of money on Neymar, so a one-year-loan-with-obligation-to-buy deal for Mbappe was struck to help circumvent any potential FFP issues.
Negotiations over personal terms were conducted by Mbappe’s father, Wilfrid, who eventually reached an agreement with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique over a contract: a total of €55million split over five years, beginning with €7million in the first year and gradually climbing to €12million by the last.
However, Der Spiegel (via Football Leaks) also claim to have details of the various additional ‘sundry’ clauses that were discussed; some agreed upon, some rejected.
The first, which was rejected, was a vast pay hike triggered by Mbappe winning a Ballon d’Or that would automatically make him the highest paid player at the club.
Another of the rejected stipulations was that the player would have complimentary access to a luxury private jet for 50 hours per year.
Oddly, Mbappe’s family reportedly also asked for financial compensation should PSG get banned from the Champions League over FFP breaches.
Of the clauses that were accepted, it would appear Mbappe receives an extra bursary of €30,000 per month to pay for three “personal employees” and to cover his rent.
Perhaps most baffling of all is the assertion that super agent Jorge Mendes made “at least €7.25million” from Mbappe’s move to PSG despite not representing the player in any capacity.
It’s claimed that Monaco’s chief lawyer, Daniel Bique, added Mendes’ name to the transfer documentation to help drive up Mbappe’s price tag.
For the record, neither Mendes, Monaco, PSG nor Mbappe has commented on any of the allegations.
Of course, as always with these things, the only tangible upshot is that it’s good to be Jorge Mendes, whenever, wherever.