Sunday 22 July 2018

PSG dismiss reports of £140m bid for Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappé has already got his Ligue 1 campaign under way with Monaco CREDIT: EPA
Kylian Mbappé has already got his Ligue 1 campaign under way with Monaco CREDIT: EPA

Jason Burt

Paris St-Germain do not intend to bid for Kylian Mbappé this summer following their world-record signing of Neymar last week.

The French club have already shelved their interest in Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez after the £198 million deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

Reports in France have suggested that PSG are prepared to make an offer of £140m for Mbappé before the end of this month but have been firmly dismissed today by senior sources at the club.

PSG started this summer with a wish-list of bringing in one of Neymar, Mbappé or Sánchez and having landed the Brazilian, their No 1 target, have since dropped their interest in the other two players.

It does not mean that they will not return with offers for either during the next window in January or next summer – when Sánchez is out-of-contract – but a deal is not expected now.

Mbappé is a PSG fan and the club have been in the running for the 18-year-old Monaco striker who is wanted by all of Europe’s leading clubs. Offers have been rejected by Monaco from Real Madrid, who may return with an improved bid, and Arsenal while there is an expectation at the club that Barcelona may still make a move for the French international following Neymar’s departure.

Ousmane Dembélé was another PSG target but Barcelona appear more likely to sign the 20-year-old forward should he leave Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile Neymar's PSG debut could be delayed again as French football authorities have still not received clearance following his move. The Spanish football federation has until Thursday night to send the necessary documents, according to the LFP which runs France's Ligue 1.

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