Real Madrid will reportedly postpone the announcement of Kylian Mbappe for two reasons after the Spanish giants drew his Paris Saint-Germain side in the Champions League.
The French forward looks certain to join Los Blancos when his current deal expires next summer and a pre-contract agreement could be struck as early as January 1.
Mbappe was the subject of an extraordinary transfer tug-of-war in the summer just gone with PSG refusing to accept Real's reported offer of £188m and they now face losing the 22-year-old for free.
However, following the controversy surrounding Monday's Champions League draw, the two European powerhouses were pit against each other in the Round of 16 at the second time of asking, adding complications to an update on Mbappe's future.
According to AS, Real will delay the transfer announcement of Mbappe's impending move until after the much-anticipated Champions League clash out of respect for PSG and in order to make the World Cup winner's exit easier on him.
The striker will already face considerable pressure over the two legs, which take place in mid February and early March, amid the continued speculation surrounding his future.
Reports in Spain suggest both clubs feel any additional attention on Mbappe regarding his seemingly inevitable transfer between the two teams would be detrimental to the player.
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It is therefore likely that any official announcement of the Frenchman joining the La Liga table-toppers will come in March at the earliest, after the Champions League tie is resolved.
Despite enjoying a sensational season with PSG so far, in which he has hit 13 goals and registered 12 assists in just 23 games, Mbappe reportedly remains keen to depart the French capital in favour of a move to Madrid.
It is believed that the forward will sign a six-year deal with Real, keeping him at the Bernabeu until 2028 at least.
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