Kylian Mbappe: Paris St-Germain sign Monaco forward on loan

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Kylian Mbappe: Paris St-Germain sign Monaco forward on loan

Paris St-Germain have signed Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan from Monaco, with an option to make the deal permanent for 180m euros (£165.7m).

Should PSG sign the France international on a permanent deal, his contract will run until June 2022.

Any deal for the 18-year-old is likely to be eclipsed only by the 222m euros (£200m) PSG paid for Neymar.

“I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe,” said Mbappe.

The delay in signing Mbappe permanently is reported to be so PSG can comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The teenager scored his first goal for France in their 4-0 win over the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Thursday to become his country’s youngest goalscorer since 1963.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, added: “It was essential for French football that we keep and help develop such a great talent in our championship.

“Among players of his age, he is without doubt the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities.

“Since his emergence at the highest level, he has earned an excellent reputation as a young talent who is very respectful, open, ambitious and already very mature.”

Why a loan deal?

The wording in the PSG announcement is key, they can’t officially say that it’s a loan which will become a permanent deal because if they did then the transfer fee would go on this year’s accounts (and give them a big Financial Fair Play problem).

So they’ve basically said there is an “option” on bringing him in permanently, but they won’t say “the loan will become permanent” because if they did then they’d be in FFP bother.

Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 games last season as Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals and won Ligue 1.

Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal had all been linked with the France international this summer.

Last month, Monaco said “important European clubs” had made illegal approaches for the striker, although they did not name the sides concerned.

Mbappe was substituted in the opening game of the Ligue 1 campaign against Toulouse, and has not appeared in the subsequent three matches – being left out entirely for one and kept on the bench for the other two.

Mbappe in profile

  • Born in Bondy, a suburb of Paris, on 20 December 1998
  • He had a trial at Chelsea but joined Monaco in 2013 after two years at the French national football centre, Clairefontaine
  • Made debut in December 2015 – beating Thierry Henry’s 21-year record to become Monaco’s youngest ever player aged 16 years, 347 days
  • Last season he scored six goals in 10 Champions League outings
  • First player in history to score in each of his first four Champions League knockout games
  • Netted 15 times in 29 Ligue 1 matches in 2016-17
  • With 26 goals and 11 assists in 44 matches last season, he scored or created a goal for every 71 minutes he played
    What they say about Mbappe

    “Mbappe has no price. He is like a son.” – Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

    “I don’t like comparing players – Mbappe has to become Mbappe and that is all. But my word, he is good. Ooh la la. l really like watching him play.” – former Arsenal, Monaco and France forward Thierry Henry.

    “We studied Mbappe, he is a devastating player. I’ve met some over the years, but at his age with that technique, physical strength, pace and, above all, his movements, because he changes things up and makes excellent movements off the ball, I’ve not seen someone like him.” – Italy and Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli.