Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest properties in world football right now, with a blistering season under his belt. The Monaco striker has helped his side gain the top spot in Ligue 1 with 22 goals this season, and in return, the Ligue 1 outfit has slapped a £100m price tag on the 18-year-old.
The value set on the youngster is evidently excessive, but what seems to be an enormous investment today, was worth a mere £17,000 four years ago.
According to Mirror, Chelsea had the chance to sign Mbappe for just £17,000, but turned it down. Back then, the Frenchman was playing for an amateur French side Bondy, which was coached by his father, Wilfried.
The young striker had visited Stamford Bridge at the time, hoping to join the Blues, but Chelsea snubbed the 14-year-old in order to instead promote two academy prospects, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke.
Eventually, the striker settled for the esteemed Clairefontaine academy – which has seen the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Olivier Giroud, Nicolas Anelka, and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry progress through.
Today, the Monaco star is being regarded as one of the most sought after talents across the globe, with top European giants wanting to sign him this summer.
In fact, Italy’s legendary goalkeeper and current Juventus shot-stopper, Gianluigi Buffon, recently made a statement about Mbappe being better than the French legend, Thierry Henry.
Buffon was quoted as saying: “Mbappe is an incredible talent and I think he seems like a good boy. Of course the characteristics are similar (between him and Thierry Henry). He plays for Monaco early in his career, the very slender and elegant running style. Probably, at his age, he is even better in front of goal than Henry was.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal