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
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)