Rumors have arisen in the past few weeks of a possible move for young French talent Kylian Mbappe Lottin. A host of clubs have been sniffing around the Monaco hotshot, including the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, it is expected that PSG are the most likely side to land the wonder kid, with a proposed deal that would leave the French Capital club without a penny left in their bank account, following their recent signing of megastar Neymar Jr. from Barcelona.
In the 2016/17 season Mbappe came bursting onto the scene, scoring 15 league goals and getting 8 assists, while also scoring 6 goals in a successful Champions league run from Monaco, which saw them reach the Semi-Finals before being knocked by Juventus. His side also captured the Ligue 1 title, beating out big-spenders PSG. However, it is the Parisians who are seemingly going to have the last laugh, as they are odds-on favourites to land him in a deal which could be worth upwards of £160 million. This deal would make him the second most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar, another Paris Saint Germain acquisition.
Following Mbappe‘s breakout season, rumours began to spread like wildfire that a move to the Bernabeu was imminent, with the possibility of a Gareth Bale exit from Real Madrid. Later on, it was rumoured he could be the replacement for Neymar at Barcelona, with the Catalan club keen to bring in a brand new talented winger. Yet, with the move of Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, it seems unlikely that they could afford to bring Mbappe to Spain. That leaves PSG, who although have spent big this window, have a bank account bigger than most clubs in the world. Does the move make sense though?
This transfer window has not been the best for Monaco, seeing some of their key players such as Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Tiemoué Bakayoko leaving, while Thomas Lemar and Fabinho have been heavily linked with moves to the Premier League. With all of Monaco’s star players gone, or rumoured to be going, it would be no surprise to understand why Mbappe wants to jump ship too. However, Monaco are in no need of money, as their transfer sales have brought in a large sum of cash, while they haven’t overspent. Selling Mbappe to a direct rival such as PSG would also be a risky decision, as they could be giving up one of the world’s best talents to a competitor in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
With the transfer window coming to a close, it seems more and more likely that this transfer saga will not end soon, and could carry on into the January window. Watch this space…