Kylian Mbappe has reportedly informed Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to move on in the summer of 2021 and has an “interest” in Manchester United, having also publicly flirted with Liverpool in the past 12 months.
France international Mbappe has established himself has one of Europe’s finest attackers and at the age of 21 is a four-time Ligue 1 winner, has lifted the World Cup for his country and also won the French Cup and French League Cup twice each.
But Mbappe teased that his long-term plans lay away from PSG back in May 2019 upon being named Ligue 1’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
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He said: “It’s a very important moment for me, I’ve come to a turning point in my career. I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is perhaps the moment to have more responsibility.
“I hope that can maybe be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or perhaps elsewhere with a new project.”
Mbappe of course stayed on at PSG last term and helped them reach their first ever Champions League final, although they were defeated by Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
The 21-year-old mustered 30 goals and 19 assists in just 37 appearances but could not help fire a way past German champions Bayern.
And now, The Times say that Mbappe has informed PSG sporting director Leonardo of his desire to depart the Parc des Princes in a year’s time.
He is under contract until 2022 and next summer’s window will be PSG’s last chance to bring in a huge fee for the Frenchman’s services unless he pens an extension.
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That though is unlikely, with the report claiming that the £166million attacker wants to further his career outside of Ligue 1, with Spain or England his destinations of choice.
The Times say that Real Madrid and Barcelona will both look to sign Mbappe given that the La Liga giants have been quiet in the current window, which has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Barca could lose Lionel Messi in 2021, which would free up funds for them to make an approach to PSG, while Real Madrid are long-term admirers with Zinedine Zidane having repeatedly flirted with the idea of signing his compatriot.
But it is also claimed that Mbappe’s interest in the Premier League means he might be receptive to a move to United.
The Red Devils are one of few clubs in the English top-flight with the finances to pull off a deal, although they are currently concentrated on trying to sign £108m-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and may be forced to wait until 2021 to sign the England wide-man.
Mbappe has also spoken publicly of his admiration for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have the Champions League and the Premier League in the last two seasons and would no doubt be keen on signing the player if a deal were possible.
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Back in January, he said: “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” he said in January.
“They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’. When you watch you think everything’s easy, but that’s not easy.
“The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.”
He added: “Performances like they have been having don’t just happen.
“To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager.”
While Liverpool have the first-choice front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all under contract until 2023, the trio all turn 29 this season and Mane and Salah have been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
If a move to England were a real possibility, Manchester City might too look to enter the equation for Mbappe – though that may depend on whether or not Messi leaves Barca next summer.
Mbappe’s extraordinary strike rate for PSG has seen him hit 90 goals in just 124 games across all competitions for the Parisian outfit, adding 51 assists.
Widely regarded as a future Ballon d’Or winner, Mbappe is arguably the most valuable player in world football given his quality at such a young age and his potential to improve even further.
PSG will therefore demand a huge fee if they do end up losing the player, who they have repeatedly attempted to get to sign a new contract.
They have offered him significantly improved terms but it appears Mbappe’s mind is made up, having previously turned down the offer of bigger wages in aid of his own development when he turned down lucrative offers to join Real Madrid and Manchester City to stay in France with PSG in 2017.
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