This means that the Monaco striker, who has been the key target of the Spanish giants for nearly the entirety of the transfer season, will become the second most expensive transfer of all time, following PSG’s earlier swoop of Neymar Jr from Barcelona for a sensational £198 million.
Furthermore, the same source reports that an initial sum of £165 million will be paid up front to the reigning Ligue 1 champions, while the remainder of the amount will be delivered in the form of performance-based add-ons.
The 18-year old Frenchman attracted the sights of Europe after his brilliant displays for Monaco last season, which saw him net 26 goals and become a favorite at the Stade Louis II. In addition to his goalscoring prowess, the player also displayed a powerful sense of vision and on-pitch intelligence, which considering his age, is remarkable.
His current club was believed to be reluctant to part ways with the prodigy, contributing to the fallout despite several attempts by Real Madrid. However, Mbappe’s father is thought to have swayed the club to sell him to their rivals, owing to the fact that there was only one season left on his contract, and that a departure would have been inevitable next season.
Moreover, a chance to link up with Neymar, and have a team built around him, is what seems to have inspired Mbappe to head to the Parc de Princes instead.
If the deal goes through, the Paris club will truly have set its intent loud and clear in Europe. Two big-money signings, who were formerly key players at their old clubs, playing alongside each other creates a formidable image. It remains to be seen how well the financial antics of the Qatari-backed club will translate into domestic and European success.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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