The most intriguing story in European football lies within a teenage star named Kylian Mbappe. His statistics this season have blown away critics and fans alike, and has drawn the attention of the big cubs. The teenager tallied a total of 26 goals and 8 assists over 45 appearances in all competitions, including helping carry Monaco to a UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal.
The breakout forward was born in Bondy, France, on December 20th, 1998. His father, Wilfried, is a football coach from Cameroon. His adoptive brother, Jirès Kembo Ekoko has made over 40 appearances for professional club Al Nasr Dubai SC.
Mbappe has displayed his skill primarily through his pure knack for scoring goals. This can easily be shown by his goal scoring record through this season. His pace allows him to play out on the left wing, but he has shined brightest up front in the middle.
Throughout the entire family, Mbappe has made it the furthest in his profession. His sheer talent and promising potential has gained interest from multiple teams across Europe. We will have a look at some of the interested clubs that have the most commitment to sign the young Frenchman.
Yes, Arsene Wenger is finally prepared to spend some money. Either he has finally realized that he needs reinforcements or that the board threw a contract and cash at him, begging him to get a star into the club.
Regardless, Wenger has shown that he has the ambition in him to make a £85 million investment on a teenager. He’s actually done it twice. He bid £87-million at first, and got rejected. He followed that offer up with £95 million. Not much of an improvement, but it shows that the notoriously conservative Wenger is willing to splash the millions to get a great talent.
As far as the personal interest coming from the player himself, there is no concrete evidence he is interested in the signing. However, he has followed a few Arsenal players on Instagram, so this could be seen as a clue or hint towards where his heart lies.
This may very well be the most likely destination. Why?
This signing would obviously be a record breaking fee, making everyone wonder whether spending that much money on anybody is even a smart idea. The Pogba transfer last summer was the first hurrah for big money signings that didn’t pan out as well as planned.
Looking at how Mbappe feels, he would be open to a move to the club. He has said that he would love to join Real Madrid, but he is in no rush to do so.
Real Madrid and Arsenal’s best effort could also resolve to nothing, leaving the young Frenchman at Monaco without even deciding. He has said he is not scared to leave Monaco, but he very well could make a move. This means he would be completely fine if he were not to move to a larger club.
Monaco has it all planned out very well anyway. They have won Ligue 1, so there is a guaranteed Champions League Spot for the next season right there. With amazing young talent like Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, and Youri Tielemans at the club, Monaco is safely considered a “Big Club”. Other stars like Fabinho and Falcao performing at a high standard makes Monaco seem like a perfectly fit destination.
To sum up every possibility, the only thing we know for sure is that football fans across the world will be turning on their televisions just to watch this guy kick a ball, no matter what club he is kicking it for.
He may move to a club at the caliber of Arsenal and Real Madrid, or he could even remain with Monaco for another season to wave off any pundits saying he is a one season wonder and to ponder his future.
With the major bids being rejected, we know this transfer will be gargantuan. Matter of fact, it would almost have to be a record fee for the lad to even move on. This could be an all-time record fee for someone who just turned old enough to drive this past December.
We all wish the lad the best in the future. We also wish to see him bang some more goals in on a consistent basis. Teenagers like Mbappe fuel the game. They bring an excitement to the game. The stories of these kids are inspiring. An 18-year-old is starting for one of the best French clubs out there, and absolutely destroying the scene is a huge deal. Stay tuned.