But PSG Unlikely To Be Moved
Juventus will do all they can to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in the summer. But their best may not be good enough.
Juve are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and are set to take an eighth consecutive Serie A title with an 18-point gap between them and second-placed Napoli.
But despite domestic domination, Juve are looking to shine in Europe. The signing last summer of Cristiano Ronaldo has added a whole new dimension to their game. However, sporting director Fabio Paratici is keen to strengthen the squad even more.
According to the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, two names are at the top of Paratici’s list: Mbappe and Benfica’s 19-year-old winger Joao Felix.
Mbappe arrived at PSG on loan from Monaco in the summer of 2017. The deal was made permanent last summer for a fee of €180million. Certainly, Mbappe has lived up to the hype. After a debut season where he scored 21 goals in 44 games he has hit 30 in 34 in all competitions so far this season.
Paratici wants Mbappe at Juventus but the chances of that happening are slim. PSG have built a reputation of only selling players when it suits them. Neymar is being linked with a move to Real Madrid, but that is being resisted by PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khalaifi. A move for Mbappe will also be blocked – whatever Juventus offer.
Juve would be better off pursuing Felix – a player valued at well over €100million by Benfica. They rejected a bid of €70million from Liverpool in January.