AS Monaco’s French international attacker Kylian Mbappé’s clan are, according to a source contacted by GFFN, “shocked and surprised” to have found out that the Principality side are actively positioning themselves to sell the player.
Mbappé had made a decision with his family to remain at the Principality side this summer, regardless of the fact that a key trio of first team players, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoué Bakayoko, have already been sold.
MARCA’s report yesterday, that an agreement had been reached in principle by Real Madrid with Monaco over the transfer of Mbappé, came as an enormous surprise to many, the player’s entourage included.
The report discussed a €180m agreement, which is inaccurate. It is in fact more than that, and it is not yet agreed in principle but talks have advanced considerably in recent days. A verbal agreement over a fee worth €180m plus €20m in bonuses between Real Madrid and AS Monaco, as reported by L’Équipe this morning, is very close.
At the same time, Manchester City have also made their move, submitting an offer worth €180m to the Principality side in a deal that would enable Mbappé to reunite with his best friend, Benjamin Mendy. This, alongside the fact that Mbappé is very interested in working with Pep Guardiola, with the teenager a true academic of the game and understanding of the Spaniard’s managerial brilliance, could weigh in the Citizens’ favour.
The player, whose contract expires in 2019, in the meantime is still waiting for a concrete contract extension offer, which AS Monaco have still not submitted to Mbappé, despite the fact that there was a new meeting 8 days ago between Mbappé’s entourage and Monaco.
This duplicitous operating on the part of Monaco, officially claiming that they want Mbappé to stay, whilst negotiating with interested parties because from a financial perspective they think they can take advantage of a particularly crazy market this summer, is concerning for the Mbappé clan.
Additionally, the fact that Monaco have yet to formally offer Mbappé a contract extension and that the Ligue 1 champions have already sold off a considerable chunk of their title winning side, is more likely than ever to provoke the French teenager into seeking the exit door after all.
An eventual deal between Monaco and Real Madrid, although close at the time of writing, would not necessarily mean that the player would join Los Blancos. In fact, Mbappé’s clan, driven by his father who believes strongly on this particular point, will refuse to join Real Madrid unless the club sells one of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappé wants to play week in, week out next season, above everything else, in order to confirm his abilities and propel himself into the French national team for the 2018 World Cup and he knows that his chances of doing that at Real Madrid are severely hampered if all 3 of those attackers remain at the club. From a Real Madrid side, Los Blancos could also likely not afford a deal for Mbappé without selling a top talent in order to raise funds.
In terms of other interested clubs, Liverpool, unless they decide to sell Philippe Coutinho, have been priced out of a deal at this point. L’Équipe report that Mbappé is interested in working with Jürgen Klopp, but that Liverpool’s squad is far weaker than their rivals in the race for the Monaco man, which should ultimately count against them.
PSG, who extensively pursued Mbappé this summer, have shifted their attention to Neymar. They remain confident of landing the Brazilian in an incredible deal, but will come back for the French international if Neymar remains at Barcelona.
Finally, Arsenal can retain some shred of hope of landing Kylian Mbappé, because of all the managers that the Monaco forward has spoken to this summer, his rapport with Wenger was one of the best. L’Équipe also claim that Arsenal have the financial capability to pull off this deal this summer, but that their non-participation in the Champions’ League is set to massively count against them, even if they have been involved consistently in Europe’s premier competition over the last 20 years.