PARIS (AFP) – Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe is expected to complete a stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to widespread French media reports.
Radio stations France Info and RMC revealed on Sunday that PSG had agreed to pay $214 million including bonuses for the 18-year-old French international striker.
That would make him the second most expensive transfer in football history behind Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for $262 million earlier this month.
However, concerns over meeting UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) obligations mean PSG could initially sign Mbappe on loan, according to sports daily L’Equipe.
“Monaco and PSG on Sunday reached an agreement for a loan move for Kylian Mbappe to the Parisian club with an option to buy for $214 million,” said L’Equipe, adding that Mbappe would undergo a medical at the Parisian giants.
Mbappe left the principality yesterday morning along with Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and fly to Paris on his way to teaming up with the French national squad.
France will play a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at the Stade de France tomorrow and a game against Luxembourg in Toulouse next weekend.
France coach Didier Deschamps insisted last week when he named his squad that no player would be allowed to leave the national team camp at Clairefontaine, around 50 kilometres south of Paris, to complete a transfer.
With the transfer window closing tomorrow, that means Mbappe is set to complete the move as soon as possible, allowing him to team up with Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a mouthwatering PSG attack after the international break.
Mbappe was an unused substitute for Sunday night’s game against Marseille as the reigning French champions won 6-1.
That saw them join PSG at the top of the Ligue 1 table with four wins from four games at the start of the season.
Asked after the game about Mbappe’s expected departure, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said: “I am not confirming anything. It is not my role to discuss that. My role is on the field.
“He is a Monaco player. That is why he was on the bench. But after it went 4-0 I didn’t need him. The club’s project is to bring through the best players.”
Monaco captain Radamel Falcao added: “It’s complicated for him. i hope that everything works out quickly for him, and that no other player will be leaving Monaco.”
Mbappe was outstanding in the second half of last season but he has not played in any of Monaco’s last three games as they extended their record winning run to 16 league games.
“Kylian is a star and a top-level player. But for six months last year we often played without him and won,” added Jardim.
Last season, Mbappe scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Monaco’s run to the French title. He netted 26 times in 44 matches in all competitions.