Kylian Mbappe may only be 18 years of age but the youngster is wanted by a host of top European clubs. The highly rated French striker has just had his break through season for Monaco and is also the youngest ever first-team player for the club at 16 years and 347 days, breaking the record set by Thierry Henry.
In the 2016/17 season, Mbappe really arrived on the scene, scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances for title winning Monaco. The Frenchman made his international debut for the national team and played in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the semi-finals. Although his side were knocked out to Juventus, the young forward impressed and scored what turned out to be a consolation goal in the second leg. More recently he was seen in action for France in the win over England and was impressive in leading the line with his pace and trickery. Mbappe has admitted to having offers and is considering them over the summer, so we will look at the contender’s for his signature.
The Spanish league winners are favourites to land player and are currently 7/4 with Skybet to land the striker during the transfer window. Mbappe has admitted that Real have tried to sign him since he was 14 and the Champions League winners are obviously very keen on the Frenchman. The Madrid side shouldn’t have any issues in paying the fee for the player, which is likely to be a world record in excess of £100 million. Real may also be receiving a large portion of that fee from Manchester United, if the English side can land Alvaro Morata for a reported fee of between £60m – £80m. Something that may put Mbappe off the move to Madrid (especially this season) would be the Frenchman’s game time. He would likely be competing for a starting role with the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema and having only just established himself, the Monaco star may want more game time. Real Madrid are the bookies favourite to land Mbappe at 7/4 with Skybet.
Arsene Wenger has been chasing Mbappe for the last couple of years and just missed out on the youngster last summer after a reported £500,000 bid was turned down. A world record fee of £100m could be required to obtain Mbappe’s services, which may be too much for Gunners. The current record transfer fee paid out by the Gunners is just under £40 million, when they acquired Mesut Ozil back in 2013. It would be a big statement from the London club if they were to bid for player, as Wenger attempts to rebuild the side after missing out on a top 4 place last season. Mbappe could be seen as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean seemingly on his way out of the club and is linked to Man City and Bayern. The young Monaco star could progress under the experienced French coach Wenger and would certainly have a starring role in the team. Skybet currently have Mbappe priced at 4/1 to move to Arsenal.
An outside shot could be Liverpool obtaining the French forward. Coach Jurgen Klopp has reportedly held talks with the player’s agent and is very interested in the player (L’Equipe). Kylian would get guaranteed game time at the Reds and would also see Champions League football (although via the qualifiers). However there are a few things that make the deal seem unlikely. Firstly, is that striker Andy Carroll is currently the highest transfer the club has paid out for at £35m and Liverpool would have to more than double that to land the French attacker. Secondly, Klopp’s side appear to be haggling with Roma currently, over the £30+ million price for winger Mohamed Salah. So whether the Anfield board could compete financially with the likes of Real Madrid remains to be seen. Mbappe is 9/1 with Skybet to make the switch.
Whilst Spanish giants Real Madrid are leading the chase for the French star’s services, the youngster may decide to see out another season in Ligue 1. Having only just broken into the Didier Deschamp’s French team, Mbappe will want and need game time and a move to Real may be too early. Arsenal are a possibility for the Monaco forward to consider and given coach Arsene Wenger’s record of dealing with young French star’s it is likely just the fee that would be the deal breaker. Mbappe still has the world at his feet and staying put for another season may be the more sensible choice before a big money move. The French starlet is 5/4 with Skybet to stay at Monaco and given his footballing needs looks possible, with a big money move in the future.