On Transfer Deadline Day. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Manchester City had made a €40m approach for Kylian Mbappe. It wasn’t a deadline swoop for an AS Monaco player, similar to Manchester United a year before, as it was explained Manchester City had made the offer earlier in the summer.
AS Monaco apparently turned down the €40m, feeling that Mbappe, who had just signed a contract with them, was one for the future, and presumably would be worth more at a later date.
Last season Mbappe, who turned 17 years of age in December, made 14 appearances for Monaco, and before signing a contract he and his entourage wanted assurances that he’d continue to get chances and see his prominence rise with the Ligue 1 club.
Wilfrid Mbappe explained to the French newspaper: “Some will say he is only seventeen years old, needs to calm down, but it’s not impatience, because the club themselves said he would play. As he needs at his age, there will be a reflection ahead of the winter transfer window.”
Manchester City aren’t mentioned in Thursday’s L’Equipe article, whereas Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG are, but if they did make a €40m offer, or even considered it, then Wilfrid Mbappe’s words will surely be of interest.