It was a question from last season to which PSG were confident they had the answer. With Financial Fair Play (FFP) to contend with, how could they afford to do what they were doing? Neymar brought in for a record fee, shortly followed by teenage sensation Mbappe, would mean some serious FFP manoeuvres.
Paying Neymars release clause up front allowed them to get the Brazilian. But they would have to take the Frenchman on loan for a season, before stumping up his transfer fee. After what was a poor season for PSG, getting knocked out in the early rounds of the Champions Legaue, it seems the sponsorship money they thought they could count on, may not be there.
It leaves them with a dilemma which Manchester City could be in a good position to solve. Now that UEFA have confirmed they are looking into the French clubs spending over the last 12 months, they may have to sell their star before he’s bought.
The Frenchman’s deal becomes permanent this summer, but Pep wants to complete deals early. After being handed a war chest of around £200 million it seems the bulk could go on the 19-year-old. Of course there is the World Cup to negotiate, and a shortened transfer window, but would he be worth the fee?
The fee rumored to be paid by PSG is around the £120 million mark, with additional add ons. This season, for PSG, he has scored 21 goals in all competitions and could join up with former Monaco team mates Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, already at City.
Manchester City would be crazy to at least not entertain the idea of Mbappe. With Aguero seemingly coming to the end of his time at the club, and Jesus and Sterling not quite there yet, he would provide even more energy to that front line. Of course, Real Madrid were looking to sign Mbappe last summer and this news could rekindle their interest.
If they did decide to pursue him, and that was his club of choice, then that could really open the door for long time target Isco to join up with Pep. A decade older, but proven in Champions League and La Liga. Whereas no one really knows how Mbappe will perform outside France, in what is a very poor French League.
Either way, its going to one exciting summer of moves and rumors.