Mbappe, the new kid on the block, could well do a Renato Sanches in 12 months.
Money bags, Paris Saint-Germain proved there is no stopping them in their bid to flex their financial muscles with the season-long loan signing of French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe.
Reports suggested the French giants only negotiated a loan deal with Monaco in order not to flout UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. In a summer where the capital club spent a world record £198million transfer fee on Neymar, there was no limit to their spending power when they earmarked Mbappe as the next big acquisition, a £165.7million transfer which becomes activated next summer.
The prospects of Neymar and Mbappe lining up in PSG’s new formed attack, leaves even the fiercest rivals grinning with admiration. Considering this is a season preceding the FIFA World Cup, Mbappe’s decision could cost him a place in the eventuality of Le Bleu progressing to the tournament in Russia.
The burden of potentially being the second most expensive player in football history could be too much to handle for the 18-year-old teenage sensation. A bad season with the Parc des Princes outfit could well have PSG having a rethink about an agreement made in the summer.
For the avoidance of doubt, football player’s careers quickly go south, in an era where the beautiful game appears to have lost its true value.
Renato Sanches is a typical example of an exciting young talent, whom so much was expected of following his 2016 transfer from Benfica to Bayern Munich for an eye-popping 85m euro!
The then 18-year-old (coincidentally Mbappe’s present age) was regarded as the next big thing in world football, and even turned down a move to Manchester United in favour of a switch to the Bavarian giants.
A month after the completion of his big money transfer to Germany, he was a European Championship winner with Portugal, his first major tournament at senior international level, been selected Young Player of the tournament.
Sadly, Sanches struggled for form in his new task and environment, though it must be noted he arrived Bayern Munich injured.
From the above analysis, Mbappe could well have been suited to spend an extra season at Monaco, play with less pressure, familiar teammates and environment, which potentially aids his overall football development and thereafter proceed to make magic at a major European heavyweight other than PSG!