Kylian Mbappe, an 18-year-old French star, looks like his time with defending Ligue 1 champions and Champions League semi-finalists Monaco is drawing to a close.
Reports have surfaced on Thursday that Mbappe will be kept out of Monaco’s starting lineup for the second-straight week on Friday against Metz as rumors of his leaving the club have continued to swirl.
Per Will Griffee of the Daily Mail, a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain could be on the verge of completion in a transfer that would come in at around $210 million.
Spain’s Real Madrid and England’s Manchester City are also believed to be in the hunt for the youngster’s services.
Mbappe is coming off of a stellar season in which he announced his presence to the footballing world. In 41 appearances with Monaco over all competitions, the youngster netted 24 goals, including a brace against Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the Champions League:
While Mbappe helped Monaco reach prominence on the European stage for the first time since their finals appearance in 2004, the allure of PSG could be too much for him.
Growing up in Paris, Mbappe is “desperate” to play for his hometown club and join Neymar, according to Griffe. The Brazilian striker recently joined the Parisian side in a record-breaking transfer from Barcelona.
Mbappe’s arrival at PSG would further add to the club’s embarrassment of riches up front. Alongside Neymar, PSG also has prolific Uruguayan Edinson Cavani up front.
The young Frenchman would create a devastating trio that the country and Europe would have an extremely difficult time stopping.