According to the French press, wonderkid Kylian Mbappé is poised to join Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes if the Ligue 1 giants can find an agreement with a resilient Monaco.
What was a three-horse race now appears to now be just PSG against the will of Monaco, who are not enamored by the idea of selling their crown jewel to the club they overcame to win last season’s Ligue 1 trophy.
One of the main reasons floated for City and Real Madrid losing out to PSG is that the 18-year-old dreams of playing for the Parisiens, being from Bondy, a northeastern suburb of the French capital. But Marca journalist Marcos López has a different take on why PSG are set to land the exciting Mbappé.
Real Madrid were willing to pay €180million for Mbappé, which would actually have cost them €220million due to the Spain considering Monaco a tax haven and subsequently adding on a tax for any player clubs sign from there.
As for Manchester City, good relations with Monaco, which has seen Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy signed from the principality club, had them very well-placed in the race and also willing to pay a big sum for Mbappé.
But according to Marca, it was the wages on offer from PSG that made the difference, completely blowing away rival offers from City and Real Madrid. Those clubs were willing to hand the teenager between €6million and €7million a season, a huge salary for one so young.
Such is their determination to sign French football’s next big thing though, PSG have more than doubled those financial packages by offering €15million a season. Added to a fee that could reach €200million after bonuses and it is a staggering investment, one that forced City and Real Madrid to withdraw from the race.
Should the deal go through, Mbappé will form a frightening attacking trident with Neymar and Edinson Cavani. Pep Guardiola still hopes to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad to improve his own attacking force, while Real Madrid still have the BBC – Bale, Benzema and Cristiano – so will be just fine for now without the mercurial talents of Kylian Mbappé.