The French striker has been touted with a move to the Etihad as reports claim Manchester City want the Paris Saint-Germain star ‘at any cost’ but a deal still seems some way off
Manchester City are rumoured to be plotting a mega-money move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe – stealing him from under the noses of La Liga giants Real Madrid in the process.
According to the Transfer Window podcast, City are willing to part ways with a potential staggering amount given club owner Sheikh Mansour has permitted sporting director Txiki Begiristain to sign Mbappe for any price.
The potential deal would see Pep Guardiola’s side offer Mbappe quite the proposal to topple the kind of salary and signing-on fee that is being offered by Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos.
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PSG reportedly need to try and balance their books to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations in the wake of signing the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gini Wijnaldum on eye-watering wages this summer.
However, the same regulations apply to City – who would undoubtedly have to part ways with one of the biggest names among their current crop of stars.
Raheem Sterling was identified as the most likely candidate to call time on his City career to fund a move for Mbappe, but Guardiola has since quashed any talk of Sterling’s departure or Mbappe’s arrival.
“That is not going to happen,” the City boss said, “Sometimes I don’t understand where the news comes from.
” Manchester City aren’t going to spend the money that Mbappé deserves, or that PSG deserves. PSG are not going to sell this kind of player to any other club in the world in the next years, I guess.
“That is not going to happen, Mbappé is not going to come here, we are not going to swap Raheem or another top player that we have.”
Guardiola went on to ask for more respect from the media when it comes to transfer speculation, claiming: “I don’t understand where sometimes the news comes from, I don’t understand it.
“People should be more respectful of PSG, respectful of Manchester City, for the players from PSG, for the players from Man City, they should have more respect.
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“Of course I am the second person to know exactly which players are targets, which players I want to sell or something like that. But it is what it is.”
Mbappe’s current PSG deal expires at the end of this season and the 22-year-old has shown little desire to extend his stay in the French capital, rumoured to favour a move to Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants saw three bids rejected for Mbappe late on in the window but are expected to return with a pre-contractual agreement in January.