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FRANCE - Paris Saint-Germain take giant step towards signing £163m Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe as they bid to beat off competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona... a week after completing £198m deal for Neymar

  • Paris Saint-Germain are close to a deal for Kylian Mbappe, according to Marca 
  • It comes a week after PSG signed Neymar for a world-record fee of £198million 
  • Mbappe had previously attracted an offer from La Liga giants Real Madrid

  • According to Marca, Mbappe was pushed in the direction of PSG by his father despite the striker's preference to play for Real Madrid.
    The move for Mbappe comes just a week after PSG shattered the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £198million.
    Should the Mbappe deal go through it would be another huge statement of intent by PSG as their owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi bids to bring a Champions League trophy to the Parc des Princes.

    Al-Khelaifi rejected suggestions that Neymar's arrival would infringe on UEFA's Financial Fair Play rejections on Saturday and told critics of the transfer to 'go have a coffee'. 
    However the Qatari businessman is set to face further questions about Financial Fair Play should his club complete the £163million move for Mbappe.
    Mbappe courted interest from Madrid and Barcelona this summer following a stunning breakthrough season with Monaco, which saw him earn a call up to the France national team at the age of just 18.

    Madrid believed they had agreed a £160million deal to sign Mbappe last month after manager Zinedine Zidane allayed the 18-year-old's fears that he would struggle for playing time at the Bernabeu.  
    Arsenal and both Manchester clubs had also pursued Mbappe this transfer window but PSG now look to have stolen a march on their rivals in the race to sign the teenager.
    Mbappe featured for the Ligue 1 holders in their first match of the new season on Friday but was forced off after picking up a knock during the 3-2 home win over Toulouse - Monaco said they expect him to be fit for Sunday's trip to Dijon.

    He has played just 41 league games for Monaco since breaking into their first team, meaning a £163million fee values the striker at a staggering £4million per game.
    Mbappe would become the third key member of Monaco's title-winning squad to leave the Stade Louis II this summer should he join PSG.
    Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy moved to Manchester City for £43million and £52million respectively while Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea in a £40million deal.

    Source: Daily Mail (UK)
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