Manchester City witnessed firsthand the outstanding talent that Monaco striker Kylian Mbappé possesses on Tuesday night when the 18-year-old, dubbed the new Thierry Henry, scored one of the eight goals in the Champions League classic.
Mbappé was subject to a failed bid from City last summer, with reports claiming that the principality side turned down an offer in the region of £35 million to £40 million for a player who, at that time, had made just eleven Ligue 1 appearances with one goal to his name.
Credit should go to City’s scout in the area for looking beyond those stats and seeing an unpolished gem – but unfortunately City were unable to prise him away from the Stade Louis II and if they want him now, could have to pay up to double what they offered in 2016.
According to The Independent, City will revive their interest in the young sensation this summer, but face competition from Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Such an illustrious cast of suitors will have Monaco licking their lips and they will now expect to bring in, add-ons included, around €90 million (£75 million) for Mbappé. This would be more than Monaco got for Anthony Martial, who they sold to Manchester United for €50 million with another €30 million in likely add-ons.
Should City sign Mbappé, he would join what is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young strike forces in Europe, featuring Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling. It would be bad news for Kelechi Iheanacho, however, who is already struggling for game time and sees his future at the Etihad already in some doubt.