El País report today that the question of image rights is crucial in Kylian Mbappé’s decision over his future, to the point of considering renewing with Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid’s fourth offer to the 23-year-old, who is out of contract in over a month, consisted of the Spanish club taking 50% of his image rights, a condition which has left his lawyers perplexed.
The Spanish side’s latest offer, made in March, would see the Frenchman take home a €180m signing-on fee and a €40m net salary.
Sources close to the player indicate that the offer was previously seen favourably, before the image rights clause – which is a staple in Merengue contracts since Florentino Pérez took charge of the club – was brought up.
Real Madrid and their lawyers believe that Mbappé’s arrival at the Bernabéu would exponentially increase his marketing value, with the World Cup winner’s team – led by Delphine Verheyden – consider that he has become a household name without them so far.
Over the last two years of negotiations, Mbappé’s team indicate that the image rights clause had never been brought up, while a contract was put forward in January whereby the player would pay a fine should he not join Real Madrid at the end of the season, and vice versa if the club turned him down.
The question of image rights has notably seen Mbappé boycott sponsorship duties with the France national team in the recent international break, while PSG’s latest offer would allow him to control 100% of his income from these.
Mbappé has yet to make a final decision on his future, with his representatives in talks with both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and all options remaining open for the time being.