There is no doubt that Kylian Mbappe is the most phenomenal teenage footballer on the planet.
At the age of 19, the Paris Saint-Germain forward is already one of the most feared attackers in Europe and can boast a World Cup winners’ medal in his back pocket.
The Bondy-born youngster joined PSG on an initial loan deal from Monaco in 2017 after his emergence at the Stade Louis II, during which time he fired the Principality club to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the Ligue 1 title – pipping his future club to the crown.
That season, in which he scored 26 goals in 44 games, led to PSG pulling off a staggering deal for the then-18-year-old, initially taking him on loan to the Parc des Princes with an obligation to pay a massive €180million for his services on a permanent basis the following year.
In his debut year in Paris, he scored 21 times as PSG retook their spot on top of French football, winning a domestic treble.
Personal accolades have also come his way, with Mbappe taking the prestigious Golden Boy award for 2017, twice being named Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year, twice being named in the league’s team of the year, and also being named the Best Young Player at the World Cup, where he scored four times.
There are few players more desirable for world football’s biggest clubs.
And according to the latest the Football Leaks cache, as detailed by Der Spiegel, Mbappe made the most of his status as football’s next great superstar when moving from Monaco in 2017.
It is claimed that Mbappe, in the summer of 2017, initially asked Monaco to raise his contract by 16 times the salary he had negotiated 15 months previously. Monaco baulked at figures and decided to cash in.
Mbappe was wanted by Real Madrid – L’Equipe claims Madrid agreed a deal worth €214million – but the player, born in a Paris suburb, preferred to return to the French capital with PSG.
With PSG having splashed heavily on Neymar and being determined to land Mbappe and not potentially lose him in the future, they agreed the loan to buy deal.
Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, negotiated with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique over his contract; a total of €55million over five years. On a sliding scale – beginning at €7million in his debut season and ending at €12million in his final year – a deal was agreed.
However, according to Football Leaks there were a number of clauses asked for on top; some were agreed, others rejected.
A request that if Mbappe won the Ballon d’Or he would automatically become the highest-paid player at the club – potentially earning more than Neymar – was refused. Another, asking for use of a private jet for 50 hours per year, was also denied.
It’s claimed that Mbappe’s family asked for monetary compensation “should PSG be banned from the Champions League” amid worries over Financial Fair Play.
One clause that was accepted, it’s stated, is that Mbappe receives €30,000 per month to pay three personal employees and for rent.
Among other claims are that Jorge Mendes, the agent of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, received “at least €7.25million” for his part in the transfer – despite not being the player’s agent.
Monaco’s chief legal counsel, Daniel Bique, is alleged to have added the Portuguese agent’s name to the transfer agreement on August 31, 2017, with the suggestion that Mendes played a part in driving up the player’s price.
Mendes, Monaco, PSG and Mbappe have all not commented.
All in, it is a staggering deal standing at the very tip of football’s bloated excess’, but one which PSG, with their desire to stand atop European football and their obsession of the Champions League, deemed worth paying.
Mbappe, who doesn’t turn 20 until December 20th, has followed on from his stunning World Cup displays with 13 goals in 12 games for PSG this season, averaging a goal every 74 minutes.
His status too is on the rise, having been featured on the cover of Time Magazine as one of its ‘Next Generation Leaders’. Their article dubbed him ‘The future of Soccer’ and he is best placed as the heir apparent to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Certainly that is what PSG have banked on.
Credit: Mirror Football