Man Utd “won’t baulk” at Mbappe price insists former winger

Oli Fisher

Manchester United would have no problems splashing the cash to get Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to former winger Lee Sharpe.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Mbappe since he exploded onto the scene this season with the Ligue 1 club.

A report from Goal claimed that Manchester City have been put off a summer move for the talented teenager due to Monaco’s reported asking price of €110million.

However, former Manchester United man Lee Sharpe believes United will not see the asking price as an obstacle.

“The money in football now is so incredible that clubs don’t baulk at any figure,” the former Red Devil said.

“And, if Mbappe is going to score goals and help sell thousands of shirts around the world, they’re probably not going to lose out on the deal anyway. The way marketing is now clubs get their money back reasonably quickly.

“So I don’t think that United should baulk at the fee. With Jose Mourinho now they make a statement and being one of the biggest clubs in the world they have to pay transfer fees in accordance with that.

“So to buy the best in the world to be the best in the world you’re going to have to pay that fee. I don’t think they’d even flinch to be honest.”

Mbappe is one of a few forwards being linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho looks to overhaul his attacking options following the serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and reports Wayne Rooney could leave

Sharpe believes Rooney is coming to the end of his time at the club despite still being the club captain.

“I think it will probably be Wayne Rooney’s last season,” Sharpe added.

“He’s only 31 so he’s still got a lot of football left in him but the manager hasn’t involved him much this season.

“He’ll be expecting to make a bigger contribution elsewhere for the next couple of years whether that be with his boyhood club Everton or by trying something different in America.

“When the manager spends big money this summer on a forward we will see the back of Wayne Rooney which will be a shame because he’s been a fantastic servant for the club. He’ll be sorely missed.”