After much speculation earlier this summer of a possible move by Manchester City for Kylian Mbappé, that seems to have died down lately with a general agreement that Alexis Sanchez is the man City are after the strengthen the attacking options.
However, an interview given by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter to Sky Sports News on Thursday brought the rumour back to life when Graham said City are “talking actively to Mbappé’s representatives” about a deal that would smash the world record transfer fee.
Over in Spain, journalist José Félix Díaz of Marca seems to agree with Graham Hunter in a story he has penned about Mbappé’s uncertain future. The article centres mostly around Real Madrid’s interest, which should come as no surprise considering Marca is a mouthpiece for Los Blancos. Mbappé is a serious target for Real Madrid, but knowing they can’t commit the same finances City or PSG can to signing the 18-year-old, they are being patient and are willing to wait until 31 August to see if they can sign him.
For City fans, there is a segment of the article that is of particular interest. Díaz says that since having a £34.5million bid turned away last summer for Mbappé, City have been very persistent by going back for him on several occasions, trying ‘all possible routes’ to get an agreement from Mbappé and Monaco for the teenager.
And according to Marca, Pep Guardiola sees Mbappé as his priority for the ‘number 9’ position at Manchester City.
It seems a tough ask for City to sign Mbappé this summer, with fees as high as as £125million being mooted and competition such as PSG and Real Madrid to deal with. In France, it has been suggested that Mbappé will stay put at Monaco for another year.
Whoever does land Mbappé in future, be it now or next summer, will need to put in a lot of leg work and with rumours of Guardiola having dinner with the player and his family, it seems that City could be laying the foundations for a future deal that would see the most sought-after young player in the world arrive at the Etihad Stadium.