Manchester United Eye Up Mbappe Move

Manchester United Watch FFP Situation

Kylian Mbappe
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Manchester United are being linked with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kylian Mbappe as the French side are investigated by Uefa over Financial Fair Play.

The Premier League side are one of a number of clubs monitoring the Mbappe situation with cross-town rivals Manchester City also keen.

Mbappe, 19, joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco last summer with the option of signing permanently for a fee of €160million (at current exchange rates worth £140.7million). The deal had to go through as a loan as the French club had already signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record €222million. Mbappe’s permanent transfer takes effect no earlier than 1 July.

But Uefa are set to investigate PSG over Financial Fair Play. The Neymar signing is controversial as it is being funded by Qatar’s staging of the 2022 World Cup. PSG are Qatari-owned and there is a close link between the French club, the government of the Middle East state and the 2022 organisers. It is believed that Qatar 2022 wrote a cheque for €300million in return for Neymar effectively becoming the face of the competition over the next four years.

Uefa will look closely at the deal. If they decide there is no fair market value and that the Qataris have paid a vastly inflated price then they could fine PSG and even ban them from European competition.

There has always been the prospect of PSG having to sell players to help fund the Mbappe deal. Figures vary of between €40million and €80million of sales by 30 June. That hasn’t happened.

In the meantime, both Manchester United and Manchester City have registered their interest with Mbappe’s advisors. The two clubs were keen in the second half of the 2016-17 season as the teenager went on a spectacular run of form. Real Madrid are also eyeing up a bid of their own although they could make a move for Neymar if PSG really do have to sell. The Brazilian is rumoured to be a target in 2019.

United would sell Anthony Martial to help fund any transfer bid for Mbappe. The striker is valued at £70million. Juventus are interested.

Gaya In New United Link

Manchester United could revive their interest in Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya after ending their pursuit of Brazil international Alex Sandro. United have been price out of a move for Sandro after Juventus demanded €60million (£52million).

United’s interest in Gaya goes back to the Louis van Gaal era. Football Gossip first reported in February 2015 that United were keeping tabs on Gaya. He remains with Valencia although he signed a new contract with the La Liga side only last month.

The Sunday Mirror claims United could bid £30million for Gaya. But that only comes close to his old release clause which stood at €40million. The new deal saw the clause double to €80million (£70.4million).

The Mirror’s report may simply be a re-hash of an old story. But United won’t get Gaya for £30million and even though he has age on his side it may be that they could be priced out of the market yet again.