When the curtain fell last season, supporters of the game across the globe were hoping for just another typical transfer window, with teams looking to fix weak spots and perhaps bid farewell to young upcoming talent. What no one could have anticipated is the sheer amount of financial muscle that has been flexed over the summer, with PSG in particular leading the charge.
Latest reports in The Daily Record claim that the Qatari-backed club has completed the signings of Monaco starlets Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho in a financially strong deal that will take the French club’s total spending this summer to over €400 million – an unprecedented figure.
Mbappe had been linked with Real Madrid for the better part of the window. In fact, earlier this month, the Spanish giants were thought to have agreed wage terms with the 18-year old striker, satisfying the demands that his father had placed.
However, PSG seem to have been quick to hijack the deal with an offer of their own, which surpassed both the figures. The French international, who netted 26 goals in 44 appearances last season in order to guide Monaco to Ligue 1 triumph, was also believed to have the intention to join Los Blancos.
The reigning French champions sought to make the most of the offers by entertaining one more bid from Madrid, which PSG were quick to match, effectively inflating the price even higher.
If the youngster’s switch to Paris gets completed, Mbappe’s total fee, including enormous performance based add-ons, is reportedly set to exceed the one that PSG paid for Neymar earlier this month.
The reported new contract also includes the departure of defender Fabinho, who was integral in Monaco’s spectacular performance last season. The 23-year-old Brazilian, who functions both as a wing-back and a midfielder, had been linked to numerous clubs over the season.
One thing is clear: PSG intend to strike big this season. Having effectively daunted both Real Madrid and Barcelona, the French side will target UEFA Champions League glory, and with the potential team they possess, that target might just become a reality.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.