PSG at­tempt to sign £166m Mbappe in doubt over FFP

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Ja­son Burt

Paris St-Ger­main are at­tempt­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes this week – but Monaco would still pre­fer to sell him to Real Madrid.

A fee of £166.4mil­lion has been fixed for the striker, 18, who has set his heart on join­ing PSG, the club he sup­ported as he grew up in Paris. Mbappe is re­fus­ing to sign a new deal with Monaco, who had hoped to keep him for one more year.

How­ever, no deal has yet been agreed with PSG who, up un­til the last few days, thought it would sim­ply not be pos­si­ble to sign Mbappe and com­ply with the de­mands of Fi­nan­cial Fair Play dur­ing this win­dow. That may still be the case, but they are des­per­ately ex­plor­ing all pos­si­bil­i­ties with a source de­scrib­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions as “very slow”.

Monaco, mean­while, be­lieve that Real Madrid are pre­pared to pay the fee for Mbappe, who has not yet played for the French cham­pi­ons this sea­son as he hopes to leave the club. His des­per­a­tion to go has be­come a fac­tor.

Real Madrid had made an ini­tial of­fer this sum­mer, but had ap­peared likely to wait for Mbappe, be­liev­ing he would stay at Monaco, but have since re­turned with an im­proved bid given his de­ter­mi­na­tion to leave. PSG, there­fore, re­main Mbappe’s most likely des­ti­na­tion.

How­ever, fol­low­ing the world-record sign­ing of Ney­mar for £198mil­lion, PSG are aware they will strug­gle to com­ply with FFP un­less they bal­ance their books. They need to bring in more than £90mil­lion of sales be­fore the end of this month, with the pos­si­bil­ity of An­gel Di Maria, one of their big-name play­ers, be­ing sold. They want to keep Ju­lian Draxler but there is in­ter­est in the Ger­man in­ter­na­tional. Blaise Ma­tu­idi has been sold to Ju­ven­tus for an ini­tial £18mil­lion and PSG have agreed a deal for Serge Aurier to go to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for £23mil­lion, but other sales are needed.

How PSG would be able to struc­ture a huge deal to sign Mbappe on top of that re­mains to be seen. It is un­der­stood the club are pre­pared to of­fer play­ers to Monaco, who have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the Brazil­ian winger Lu­cas Moura. How­ever, Lu­cas does not want to leave PSG and there is an added com­pli­ca­tion in that he is good friends with Ney­mar.

One sur­pris­ing pos­si­bil­ity which has been raised is for PSG to sign Mbappe but pay Monaco later although that is un­likely to be agreed. PSG started this

Tug of war: Kylian Mbappe favours move from Monaco to Paris St-Ger­main rather than Real Madrid

sum­mer with a wish­list of Ney­mar, Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez – in that or­der – and hoped to sign one be­fore the win­dow closes.

They thought the most likely deal would be with Sanchez, and ne­go­ti­a­tions took place, but were able to sign their first choice in Ney­mar.

The be­lief was that the scale of the Ney­mar deal would pro­hibit a move for Mbappe but it could hap­pen, with the French in­ter­na­tional want­ing to leave Monaco this week. Mbappe is due to join the France squad tomorrow ahead of their World Cup qual­i­fiers against Hol­land and Lux­em­bourg so it will be hoped his fu­ture is de­cided by then. Sources at both Monaco and PSG yes­ter­day in­sisted that a deal to sell him had not been agreed.

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