Pep Guardiola will get to watch the prowess of Kylian Mbappe live on Wednesday night, a player he “loves”, as Manchester City weigh up a move for the the talented attacker.
City face Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain in Paris in the Champions League semi-final, first leg. And Guardiola is likely to have more than just a passing interest in the France attacker. Wednesday’s Sport via Sport Witness have gone big on City and their pursuit of Mbappe. The Premier League champions elect are “on the prowl” for the 22-year-old.
Mbappe’s future in Paris looks far from assured. In fact with his deal up in 2022, the talented forward looks destined for new things.
Sport state it’s a “monumental failure” on the Paris club’s part to not secure the future of their star players. Neymar’s future looks a little clearer after he this week claimed he was happy at the club, but he, like Mbappe, is out of contract in just over 12 months time.
“I have already said that I am happy here and I feel much better than in the previous seasons,” said the Brazilian.
Mbappe though has not said as much and the two parties are “very, very far apart” when it comes to reaching an agreement over a new contract.
Cadena SER have reported that Mbappe has turned down three new offers from PSG. That is because Mbappe has a “desire to leave PSG” and Man City are firmly in the race to land him.
The financial aspect of any deal is said to be unimportant to Mbappe.
Sport though has Real Madrid and City as the two contenders for his signature.
Liverpool interest in Mbappe
Liverpool have also continually been mentioned as suitors for the player. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp “loves” Mbappe, say Sport Witness.
The German coach is understood to have a “direct line” to Mbappe after speaking to him previously.
According to L’Equipe, Klopp spent “several hours” trying to convince Mbappe to join the club three years ago. Klopp apparently made an impression on the player, and that’s where the reported “direct line” comes from.
City though are in the race, fuelled with the “petrodollars of the United Arab Emirates dressed as a sports project”.
It may well come down to the coaches influence. And Mbappe and his family are “loved” by both Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane. Those two are understood to have greater pulling power than his current boss Mauricio Pochettino or his predecessor Thomas Tuchel.