To sell or not to sell

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MONACO: Monaco have a sum­mer of tough de­ci­sion-mak­ing ahead — even more so if they win the Cham­pi­ons League.

The 2004 run­ners-up face Ju­ven­tus in the first leg of the semi­fi­nals to­day: the tough­est test of a thrilling sea­son that has seen Monaco score 146 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Monaco’s young play­ers have made such an im­pres­sion — par­tic­u­larly striker Kylian Mbappe — that of­fers will be flood­ing in when the trans­fer win­dow re­opens. In the Prin­ci­pal­ity famed for its casino, Monaco will have to choose whether or not to cash in their chips this sum­mer and rake in a huge amount.

“We don’t need to sell, our bud­get is sta­ble,” Monaco’s vice pres­i­dent Vadim Vasi­lyev re­cently told foot­ball show Tele­foot. “For the time be­ing, no player has said he wants to leave. Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, nei­ther Thomas (Le­mar), Kylian or per­haps Bernardo Silva wants to leave... We’ll do ev­ery­thing to keep them.”

It sounds like re­as­sur­ing news, but any club wish­ing to sign the 18-year-old Mbappe will need to make a mas­sive of­fer. The new­ly­capped France for­ward’s es­ti­mated value is al­ready at €100 mil­lion (RM470 mil­lion) and it’s not hard to see why.

At the age of 18 years and four months, he is the youngest to

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