To sell or not to sell
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