Among the many clubs capable of signing Kylian Mbappé, Manchester City are a no brainer.
They’ve never lacked funds when needed, and with Pep Guardiola at the helm, almost every player in the world would be happy to be managed by the Spaniard.
It may sound like a ridiculous idea following his great performance on Tuesday night, but there is currently a slight opening when it comes to the Paris Saint-Germain star’s transfer, and that’s the fact he has yet to renew his current deal with the Ligue 1 champions.
Expiring in 2022, his future remains a big question mark, and clubs are circling.
Le Parisien explain in a lengthy article that four clubs ‘want to or still can welcome him’, and those are Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves.
While Jürgen Klopp’s side have long been linked with Mbappé, far more so than the Etihad club, they would still have to move one of their current stars to make room for him.
Furthermore, there would be a ready made space for the Frenchman should Sergio Agüero leave in the summer, the ideal time for Paris Saint-Germain both pounce on the Argentine themselves, as has been suggested they might do, and cash in on the Frenchman.
The fee won’t be small either, as Le Parisien state Mauricio Pochettino’s side will ask for at least €200m, and Mbappé’s future wages will be somewhere around €30m/year.
While that’s a lot of money, the newspaper do point out that all clubs mentioned ‘aren’t put off’ by the amounts being discussed, as they ‘theoretically have the funds or powerful shareholders’ backing them.
That being said, they also state the Covid-19 caused financial crisis in football will ‘make them think twice’ before delving into such a big deal.
Paris Saint-Germain’s first port of call would be to keep Mbappé, as they know there’s no better player than him to have in the long run, but they are also aware that were he to leave, that would give them the funds to welcome Lionel Messi at the club for a reunion with Neymar.
As for the player in all this, he’s always given his priority to the French side, but he’s also ‘continuing his reflection’, aware this might be a good time to try something other than Ligue 1 football.