City One Of Five Clubs In Race For Mbappe
Manchester City are still in the running to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
City had a bid of £95million rejected by Monaco as long ago as March and have seen rivals Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all launch world-record bids in excess of £100million. But speaking to Sky Sports News HQ at the opening of the free to access sports and recreation facility the Cruyff Court in Aberdeen on Thursday, Hunter said that City still aren’t out of the race for his signature.
“City are talking actively to Mbappe’s representatives, saying they are best placed to develop his career, where he could work with Pep Guardiola and be paid handsomely,” Hunter said echoing sentiments that followed Arsene Wenger’s recent three-hour meeting with the France international and his family who look after his affairs.
“Real Madrid, meanwhile, are wooing Mbappe’s agents saying they will break the transfer record for this kid. Zidane, of course, has known Mbappe since he was 14.”
Mbappe returned to pre-season training with Monaco this week. The French champions want him to sign a new contract with an increase in salary from £16,000 to £140,000 a week, but Hunter believes that’s unlikely.
“The battle is with Manchester City and they are persuasive and Mbappe is now thinking long and hard between London, Madrid, Paris and now Manchester. City are in that battle,” he added.
“At the moment it’s hard to see him choosing Monaco over one of those, but none of clubs know who is favourite to sign this exceptional 18-year-old.”
Mbappe burst on to the scene last season, but it was really only in the second half of the campaign – and particularly in the knockout stages of the Champions League – that his performances became especially noteworthy. He scored 18 goals in his last 21 appearances of the season.