Understandably, Neymar’s record-breaking €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain has dominated the headlines ever since the story first emerged, while Barcelona are now frantically searching for his replacement in what is bound to be another big-money deal.
Before that, though, all of the talk had been revolving around Kylian Mbappe and which club could convince AS Monaco to sell their prized asset after his breakthrough 2016/17 campaign.
Now that the Neymar saga is in the books, focus once more turns to the 18-year-old France international and what the future could have in store for him.
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Monaco have remained strong up until this point as he’s still on their books, but it’s clear that the aggressive pursuit from a handful of clubs won’t stop - even if the transfer window slams shut.
However, it has now been revealed that Mbappe has officially been left out of the Monaco squad for Friday’s league match against Metz, prompting further speculation that he’s on his way out of the club sooner rather than later.
Recently, it’s PSG who have emerged as one of the favourites to sign Mbappe from their league rivals, while Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have also been in the race which suggested that Gareth Bale’s future at the Bernabeu could be in doubt.
Although, both Barcelona and Arsenal have also been linked with the French wonderkid.
ONE OF THREE CLUBS
While Financial Fair Play will certainly be questioned if a move goes through, former PSG skipper turned academy director Luis Fernandez believes the French giants, along with Los Blancos and Manchester City, are the three teams Mbappe is considering.
Speaking to Cadena Ser via Metro, he said: “Kylian’s issue is very difficult.
“He did not play on Sunday, and there is a lot of talk and rumours, but you can see that it [a move to PSG] is not an easy task.
“There are four or five players that need to leave PSG due to financial fair play.
“I think he has two or three teams in his mind which are Real, PSG and perhaps City. City have a good friend of his, Benjamin Mendy, who has gone there [from Monaco].
“I do not think he has taken a decision. He did not play last Sunday because he is in a situation where he is considering whether to stay or to leave.”
Despite admitting the interest and the potential of signing Mbappe, Fernandez did admit that another year at Monaco could be beneficial for Mbappe and his development.
Regardless of that, it sounds like Leonardo Jardim can only protect Mbappe for so long before he makes his mind up on where he wants to go.
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