Monaco remain worried that prized asset Kylian Mbappe could still leave this summer, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City all still keen.
The Principality outfit have yet to persuade the 18-year-old to sign a new long-term deal, and despite their insistence he is not available – it has not put off potential suitors.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man City are all keen on Mbappe, although they also have other targets – but are waiting to see if the player will be available.
Reports in France claim that Mbappe could be ready to demand a move, but that remains to be seen and sources close to Monaco have told me that they hope he will not publicly demand a move as they genuinely hope he will stay until after next summer’s World Cup finals.
Barcelona are looking to replace Neymar, and although Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is their main target – they are still keeping a close eye on Mbappe.
Likewise, City want Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez but will also challenge for Mbappe if he becomes available.
Interestingly City have already dealt twice with Monaco this summer, signing Bernado Silva and Benjamin Mendy, and the pair have talked about their former team-mate.
“Mbappe is a great player. I would love to have him here. That is for City to decide, but you never know,” said Silva.
“Mbappe can be a superstar. In fact, I think he is already a little bit of a superstar. He can be one of the best in the world very soon.”
And Mendy, quickly become a firm fans favourite, had a joke with the City fans with a Tweet about Mbappe, after he met City’s Leroy Sane.
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— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) August 5, 2017
Bookmakers currently make Real favourites to be the club to land Mbappe, but there is not much to choose between them Barca and City.
We spoke to BetVictor’s Head of antepost Football Michael Triffitt about the current Mbappe market.
“Real Madrid have been admiring Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe and having been backed into Evens favourite from an opening 6-1, were fully expected to land the French international front man,” he told TheGamblingTimes.com.
“However with Neymar jumping ship for PSG , Barcelona suddenly need a replacement and with money burning a hole in their pocket have suddenly become strong 2/1 second favourites from 14/1 to capture the player ahead of their great rivals who have eased back to even money.
“This will be a fascinating battle to see who if any can capture this attacking and entertaining player now.”