Real Madrid's audacious bid to capture Kylian Mbappe before the summer transfer window closes looks destined to end in failure.
French superstar Mbappe is out of contract in 12 months, but despite the possibility of losing him on a free, Paris Saint-Germain are standing firm.
Their president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has tried to sway favour with the fans by declaring that he will not sell Mbappe, or allow him to leave for free.
Nevertheless, Mbappe will be able to sign a pre-contract with any club in January, ahead of a possible move, if he does not agree a new deal at the Parc Des Princes.
Madrid are in a better position financially when it comes to wages as Sergio Ramos has departed for PSG and Raphael Varane is joining Manchester United. Combined, they took home well over £500,000-a-week which, in theory, would go some way to paying Mbappe. However, it is believed Mbappe would be looking to pocket around £1million-a-week, making him the best paid player in world soccer.
There is good news for PSG fans, however, according to Planet Sport Bet. The bookmakers have priced up Mbappe at just 1/7 to remain in the French capital this summer, an implied probability of just short of 90%.
Real, in turn, are 5/2 to lure him to Madrid.
Planet Sport Bet spokesman Scott Allen explained: "PSG fans may be worried about the recent reports that Real will come calling, but our traders are firm in their belief that he is staying put."