Mbappe in demand this summer

Teenage Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe looks set to be Europe's most sought after player this summer with virtually all of the big club's on the continent linked with a move for the 18-year-old. The young French striker notched 24 league goals last season as he spearheaded his club to the French league title and Champions League Semi-Finals. His exploits have meant that European giants from Real Madrid to Manchester United have been credited with maintaining an interest, with talk of a £100 million price-tag on his head. So who is in the driving seat should he leave the principality this summer?

European Champions Real Madrid are always in the market for the very best players on the planet and Mbappe certainly has the potential to establish himself in that bracket. Mbappe has said himself that Real have followed his progress since the age of 14 and they would perhaps be in the market for another forward if they are to let Alvaro Morata join Manchester United. They have the financial capability and the lure of their status as arguably the biggest club in the world, having just won a La Liga and Champions League double. When Real go after a player, he usually ends up at the Santiago Bernabeu so it begs the question as to whether Mbappe would be able to resist the allure of a move to Madrid. The Spanish giants are the favourites in the potential list of suitors and are best priced at 2/1 with William Hill to be Mbappe's club after the summer transfer window.

Next on the list in a somewhat surprising turn of events are Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has developed a reputation as being somewhat prudent with his spending and the idea of him splashing a free of around £100 million on an 18-year-old would represent a major surprise. That being said however, Wenger has been more willing to splash out in recent years, bringing in the likes of Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi. The Arsenal boss also knows that he must drastically improve on last season's 5th place league finish, despite their FA Cup triumph so perhaps he would be willing to spend big in order to make the Gunners a force to be reckoned with once again. Speaking to French broadcaster SFR Sport in April, Wenger stated 

"Obviously it would be hypocritical and a lie to say that we are not looking at him. But he's already in the bracket of clubs who are, perhaps, much better financed than us."

Paddy Power are currently offering the best price of 5/1 on Mbappe making the switch from the Emirates but could you really see Arsenal splashing out the kind of figures that have been talked about? It seems unlikely to us. Liverpool have also thrown their name in to the ring with reports suggesting that Jurgen Klopp has made contact with the youngster's representatives. Klopp is likely to add to his squad given Liverpool's extra commitments in the Champions League this season but again, are Liverpool really like to spend £100 million on an 18-year-old striker? The two English clubs that would be most likely to splash out such a fee are the two Manchester sides. Both have the financial resources and have proved in the recent windows that they are not afraid of spending big. However the bookies' don't really see Mbappe making the switch to Manchester, with a move to United or City both priced out at 20/1 with Paddy Power.

The shortest priced option in the market continues to be Mbappe staying at Monaco after the summer window. He is of course only 18-years-old so there is no rush for him to depart the French champions just yet, given he will undoubtedly have a number of options to move to other big clubs throughout his career. Playing every week and in the Champions League would surely be far more beneficial for his development than spending time on the bench at another club. With Monaco's huge valuation of the player, any deal would likely revolve around Mbappe pushing it through by signalling his desire to leave and that does not seem likely at this stage. Priced at 5/4 with Skybet, Mbappe staying with Monaco for another season at least does seem the likeliest outcome. 

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/06/2017 - 13:33 PM
Filed in:- Football Betting News, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal

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