Man City look to land Mbappe
Manchester City will move for Kylian Mbappe if Paris Saint-Germain have to cash in on the French wonder-kid after failing to meet Financial Fair Play rules.
French champions-elect PSG are being investigated by UEFA, European football’s governing body, after paying Barcelona £198million for Brazilian superstar Neymar last summer and then tying up a loan deal with Monaco for Mbappe which will see them pay £167m for the teenager this close-season.
If the moneybags Parisiens are found to have broken FFP regulations they face being booted out of the Champions League, as well as being hit with huge fines. That would put pressure on them to sell some of their top players — and City are monitoring the potential consequences for that deal with Monaco over Mbappe.
Blues boss Pep Guardiola wanted to sign the 19-year-old last summer, after seeing Mbappe star in Monaco’s two Champions League last-16 games against his team. The Catalan even launched a personal charm offensive by visiting the player in France —only for PSG to blow all other suitors away by promising to make Mbappe the world’s second most expensive player, behind Neymar.
City are looking to add some superstar quality to a squad that has dominated the Premier League this season but gone only a round further in Europe, before quarter-final elimination by Liverpool. We revealed in January that Guardiola wants Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The Londoners may be forced to cash in if the Belgian refuses to extend his contract this summer and City would be willing to pay £150m.
But that plan will change if Mbappe comes on the market. PSG have a contractual obligation to pay Monaco the fee they agreed last year.
But UEFA opened an investigation last September after allegations their Qatari owners were artificially inflating sponsorship deals to beat FFP regulations. PSG insist they aren’t worried about the enquiry and that they will be cleared when they meet UEFA bosses this week.