Premiership clubs are on high alert after learning that teenage striking sensation Kylian Mbappe could come onto the transfer market this summer.
A year ago, Mbappe was one of the hottest properties in world football after leading Monaco to a sensational Ligue 1 title victory and impressing in the Champions League. Real Madrid looked certain to sign him, but then PSG – who had just broken the world record to sign Neymar from Barcelona – swooped in and captured his signature. Yet all is not well at PSG and Mbappe could well be on the move again.
Financial fair play regulations prevent clubs from spending beyond their means, ostensibly to stop oil-rich owners like PSG’s Qatari hierarchy from becoming too dominant. After signing Neymar for £198 million, there clearly was not much left in the kitty for PSG last summer.
Instead of signing Mbappe outright, they took him on loan for a year, with the obligation to pay £166 million to Monaco this summer to make the deal permanent. It formed a frightening attacking triumvirate, with Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani set to terrorise defences. It helped them win Ligue 1 at a canter, but PSG flopped in the Champions League.
Now there is more bad news for the club, as PSG are being investigated for breaching financial fair play regulations face being booted out of the Champions League as well as being hit with massive fines if they are found guilty. They may be forced to abandon the deal for Mbappe, and Europe’s top clubs are ready to pounce. Real Madrid may be angry that he eventually turned his back on them last summer, but they could go back in for a player that is currently lighting up the World Cup.
Yet Premiership heavyweights are set to rival Real for his signature, and Man Utd and Man City are both said to be keen on adding him to their ranks. It is easy to see why, as Mbappe is blessed with phenomenal pace, power and composure for one so young. He has regularly upstaged the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, in the PSG team, and he looks to have a very bright future ahead of him. The Premiership is an arm’s race nowadays, and the only way for Man Utd to catch up with Man City is by spending heaps of cash.
If you check out Bookmaker and find Premiership title odds from a respected site, you will see that City are odds-on favourites to win the league again next season. With Mbappe up front, they could be unstoppable. Sergio Aguero is getting older and he will soon retire, so they need a dynamic young striker to lead them into a bright new era. Gabriel Jesus shows great potential as a goal poacher, but Mbappe is a different sort of player, a rapid forward who makes things happen, just like a young Aguero.
That is all the more reason for Man Utd to try to hijack any deal for Mbappe, and they believe they have an ace up their sleeve. They have Anthony Martial within their ranks, a player who has interested PSG but is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. They would be prepared to include Martial in a deal and top it up with around £85 million to push it through. You could then see Mbappe lining up alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford for Man Utd, which could help them overhaul Man City and return to the summit of the Premiership for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.