The Man City fans want their side to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer, but perhaps they should consider the implications of any deal for the striker…
On the surface, it is a deal that makes a lot of sense. M’Bappe is one of the most highly sought-after players in Europe, and has impressed this season – but that is just about where the positive implications of any potential deal will end.
Firstly, let us consider the cost. A whopping £110 million, according to the Sun, has been touted for any potential move – eclipsing the world record transfer fee currently held by Paul Pogba. His form this season has certainly suggested that he is worth a pretty penny, but over £100 million? For an 18-year-old striker? That is certainly a tough price to justify.
Of course, he has been on fire in recent weeks, but he has yet to reach the levels of a player like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and so Man City would be wise to hold fire on any potential deal. Further to that, the breadth of clubs interested may well see that price rise even more – and that should send warning signs towards Pep Guardiola.
You also have to consider whether Man City really need him. They already have the trio of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kelechi Iheanacho – arguably the most impressive attacking line in the Premier League. They have an excellent balance of experience, young talent and solidity in that trio – and M’Bappe would do very little to improve that line. You could argue that he is the replacement for Aguero, but where would that place Jesus in the standings?
In truth, it is a deal that makes little sense for all involved. A club like Man Utd, who have also been linked, would make far more sense for the Frenchman. There, he would come in and immediately be number one choice – potentially even bringing the best of Paul Pogba. For Man City, though, it may be best to steer clear.
Man City fans – thoughts?
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