Real Madrid are believed to be monitoring Kylian Mbappe’s availability, with Paris Saint-Germain rumoured to be forced to send the youngster back to Monaco following Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Parisian club completed a loan deal for Mbappe on deadline day last August, with an agreement in place that they would sign the striker in a permanent deal this summer. The loan agreement was in place following the club’s decision to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £198 million. To comply with UEFA’s FFP regulations, it was agreed that PSG would defer a payment of £163 million to Monaco until this window.
According to AS however, PSG are facing even further FFP sanctions which could prevent the World Cup winner joining on a permanent deal. The newspaper believes that UEFA have until the 30th (the day before the window shuts) to resolve their investigation into PSG’s finances, and should they decide that a deal cannot be completed, Real Madrid are rumoured to be poised to swoop in with a late move for the recipient of the Best Young Player award at the World Cup.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Juventus, Julen Lopetegui has yet to sign a marquee signing for Los Blancos, and at the weekend the club suffered their worst attendance at the Bernabeu since Ronaldo’s arrival in 2009.
A move for Mbappe would be seen as extremely popular, given the 19 year-old’s recent form. During the World Cup he netted four goals, and he came off the bench to score twice in PSG’s 3-1 win over Guingamp last weekend.
Should a move for Mbappe fail to materialise, Real will turn their attention towards Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas. The former Liverpool player, who has averaged over a goal every other game in La Liga since 2015, is believed to be worth £36 million.