Manchester City failed to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham to replace Sergio Aguero in the summer and they have now reportedly turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City are ready to do whatever it takes to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the January transfer window, according to reports.
City spent all summer trying to lure Harry Kane away from Tottenham, but were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to bargain with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
While they did splash out a Premier League record £100million on Jack Grealish, they ended up failing to sign a striker to replace Sergio Aguero.
Pep Guardiola has been forced to field Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling as central attackers so far this season.
But now City owner Sheikh Mansour is reportedly prepared to back the club financially in the mid-season window
Man City owner Sheikh Mansour wants the club to sign Kylian Mbappe
According to The Transfer Window podcast, Mansour has given the club a ‘mandate’ to enter the race for Mbappe, who is approaching the end of his PSG contract.
The 22-year-old striker’s deal expires in June 2022 and has been strongly linked with a move to long-term admirers Real Madrid.
However, the report says he remains ‘tempted’ by a potential move to the Premier League.
City are therefore ready to sign Mbappe ‘at any cost’ and are willing to table a bid in January ‘if they could.’
Real have long chased the signature of Mbappe, with sporting director Florentino Perez wanting to make the Frenchman a classic Galactico signing.
Kylian Mbappe has scored four goals in eight appearances for PSG this season
It was widely reported that the Spanish giants had bids of £137m (€160m) and £171m (€200m) rejected by PSG in the summer.
Man City may hope that PSG’s irritation with Real’s strong-arm approach over the summer can work in their favour when it comes to Mbappe.
“In terms of our position on Real, it [the £137m bid] seems like a strategy to try to get a no from us, to show that they have tried everything and to wait for a year to get him for free,” PSG sporting director Leonardo said in August.
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“For the last two years, Real Madrid have been behaving like this. It is not correct, illegal even, because they contacted the player. It is unacceptable for us, because it is not correct.
“It is proof of the strategy: an offer comes one year before the end of his contract and seven days before the end of the window.
“They want us to reject to show to Kylian that they tried everything and to start negotiating for next year.”