Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been trying to secure Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s services summer window, but decided to delay the chase of the Frenchman.
The France international enjoyed another superb individual season at Parc des Princes last term, netting a whopping 33 goals in 29 Ligue 1 games.
The World Cup winner is currently rated at £180 million – per Transfermarkt – and there has been plenty of speculation over the past few months.
El Pais was reporting that French champions are aiming to tie the 20-year-old down to a lucrative new deal worth a staggering £860,000 per week, and Manchester City reportedly targeted a potential move before August 8 but abstained from getting involved with the winger now.
The French publication states Pep Guardiola has been attempting to lure the superstar to Etihad, as a direct long-term replacement for 31-year-old Sergio Aguero.
It would take a surreal bid for the English champions to land French star, but if he opts not to pen a new contract at PSG, then the door could be open for Pep Guardiola to get his man finally.
PSG will only offer the forward an extension if suitable funds can be raised, with Neymar linked with a return to Spain.
If the Brazilian remain in Paris, Kylian Mbappe’s position at the club would be thrown into even more significant doubt, and Manchester City certainly have the financial muscle to pull off a record-breaking deal.
The Citizens won a domestic treble last season, continuing their recent dominance of English football, but they came up short in the Champions League.