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Manchester City may sacrifice centre-back signing to fund Kylian Mbappé deal

Manchester City may shelves plans to sign a centre-back this summer if it means they can get their hands on Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappé, according to Sam Lee from Goal.

City remain keen admirers of the 18-year old Frenchman who scored 26 goals in all competitions last season, and would prioritise a move for him over Southampton defender Virgil Van Djik who has emerged as their top defensive target in recent days.

The 25-year old Dutchman would cost £50m according to Goal, far less than the £110m figure quoted for Mbappé although “there remains hopes that any deal (for Mbappé) can be arranged for a lower fee”. City’s move for Kylian Mbappé would have no bearing on attempts to bring Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad, who along with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker, Goal say City are “very confident” of signing.

Guardiola even seems willing enough to risk entering the new season with his current set of center-backs if he is satisfied with the fitness of Vincent Kompany, who completed eight consecutive games at the end of last season.

There is also the case of the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in July, which could see Manchester City face a transfer ban should Velez Sarsfield prove that their player was signed by City illegally. City insist Benjamin Garre was signed legally but if the hearing goes against them then “City may decide the splash out on both Mbappe and Van Djik.”

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