French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe is set become the world’s 2nd costliest player, overtaking fellow countryman Ousmane Dembele’s initial £96m move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.
The AS Monaco star has been subjected with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent times, and according to multiple reports, the latter has agreed a whopping £166m move, including bonuses, for the attacker. Mbappe could go on to make the 2nd most expensive move to the Parisian giants, after the club signed Neymar for £198m earlier this month.
PSG want to be seen as a football powerhouse, and have made their intentions clear: They will spend highly to achieve success, especially the UEFA Champions League. The club wants Mbappe to play alongside Neymar, and with Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria, they want to boast of the best attacking names in football.
Mbappe has been benched by Monaco for their recent Ligue 1 games, with his future under scrutiny. And with just 4 days until the transfer deadline, PSG expect the move for the teenager to be completed before that. Several reports have claimed that Mbappe could join the French powerhouse from the current Ligue 1 champions on an initial loan deal, before making the move permanent.
PSG are aware of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules set by the UEFA, and are therefore taking the player on loan this season, with claims running that Mbappe has already agreed to a 5-year deal at the Parc de Princess. The youngster rose to prominence after an enthralling performance for Monaco last season, which helped the club win the domestic title and also reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Monaco have already sold several key members of their title-winning squad, with Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Benjamin Mendy all joining Premier League clubs. Mbappe is set to become the 4th high-profile player to leave the club. Monaco have, however, earned a lot of money through sales this season, and are determined to defend their League title.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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