Real Madrid are 'confident' that Kylian Mbappé will resist any new contract offers from Paris Saint-Germain, and remain hopeful of signing the World Cup winner during the summer of 2021.
Mbappé was again in sensational form for PSG during the 2019/20 campaign, netting 18 goals in just 20 Ligue 1 appearances before the season was curtailed early because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The 21-year-old's meteoric rise to the top of the game has been nothing short of sensational, and his continued brilliance has inevitably seen him linked with a move to the Santiago Berbabeu.
Currently, Mbappé's contract in the French capital runs until 2022, and Spanish publication Marca - who have close ties to Real Madrid - now claim that Los Blancos 'expect' him to hold out on signing a new deal in PSG, in favour of a move to Spain.
Failure to pen new terms would PSG in a compromising position, and may force their hand when it comes to a sale - as Mbappé's substantial market value will begin to diminish. Previously, Mbappé's price tag has been quoted around the €200m mark.
Real's pursuit of Mbappé isn't surprising in the least, given the club are yet to adequately replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his 2018 departure. That hasn't stopped them from charging towards this season's La Liga title though, with just a single victory now needed to seal glory.
As for Mbappé, he's currently getting himself back into shape ahead of the new Ligue 1 season - which will start as normal in August. He's been in good goalscoring touch already, reminding Real of his capabilities in a crushing 9-0 friendly win over Le Havre in a friendly this past weekend.