Kylian Mbappe has been absolutely spoilt for choice this summer.
The Frenchman has had Europe’s finest clubs bowing down to him after a thrilling second season in the AS Monaco first team. When you’re being linked with a €180 million transfer at age 18, you’re doing something right.
Yet in today’s market, Mbappe’s 2016-17 campaign arguably justifies it. The starlet amassed 22 goals in 44 appearances – a tally topped by just four players in Ligue 1.
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Couple that with his age, creativity and abundant talent, it’s no surprise that clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have tracked him in recent months.
With Monaco’s record for selling this summer too, there’s certainly reason to suggest Mbappe will eventually make his move. Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy have already been offloaded by the principality side.
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And while PSG have now emerged as the overwhelming favourites for his signature, a conglomeration of Premier League sides didn’t go down without a fight.
It may seem that every club under the sun joined the race for Mbappe but three in particular made it as far as holding talks.
The Citizens have already spent over £200 million this summer yet have largely focused on bolstering their defence. If Pep Guardiola were to acquire an offensive target in the coming weeks, Mbappe would likely top the list.
Meanwhile, Arsenal prove the only team in the trio to actually lodge a bid and at the time – had it been accepted – would have broken the world record. The Gunners’ lack of Champions League football will do their efforts no favours, however.
Liverpool are believed to be maintaining their interest, albeit from a distance. Jurgen Klopp was involved in talks with the starlet but to no great avail.
Yet, with Mbappe consigned to the bench for Monaco’s opening game of the season, European sides shouldn’t give up quite yet. Besides, PSG’s campaign could be undermined by concerns over Financial Fair Play regulations.
This is the side that, after all, forked out the small matter of £196 million for Neymar this summer.
Nevertheless, Mbappe is believed to be a PSG supporter at heart and was born in a Parisian suburb. It seems that in spite of talks, the Premier League triumvirate might have to admit defeat.
They can at least take salvation in the £165 million they have saved themselves, though.
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