Thomas Tuchel’s sacking has become another obstacle in Real Madrid’s bid to sign Kylian Mbappé next summer.
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over at the Ligue 1 club from the sacked German coach.
France forward Kylian Mbappé was a player who had a turbulent relationship with the German coach.
And now, everything is slightly more complicated.
The dismissal of Tuchel will not only affect Mbappé moving to the Spanish capital, it could also affect Zidane’s future successor, when the Frenchman leaves his spot on the bench at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Pochettino, who is the favourite to take over at Parc des Princes, was also Florentino Pérez’s ideal successor to make the transition between Zidane and Raúl when the time came.
The move in the Mbappé case that Madrid did not contemplate was the firing of Tuchel.
It could be suggested that it is a tactic from Sporting Director Leonardo and the owners of PSG to keep hold of the 22-year-old.
Madrid had planned to complete the signing of Mbappé next summer.
The Spanish club’s transfer strategy was to make their move before Mbappé had the chance to renew his current deal.
Mbappé and his entourage know that a contract renewal with PSG is still possible, information that was revealed by AS, but there would be a ‘pro Real Madrid’ clause in place, i.e., agreeing an amount in advance if Madrid want to sign him in the future.
This fee would be an astronomical figure, in the region of €250 million, much more than the €180 million for which Madrid had previously estimated that it would take to sign him in the summer of 2022 for.