An 18-year-old soccer Kylian Mbappe phenom from AS Monaco has all the top clubs bidding for his services. Paris Saint-Germain made it official they have acquired Mbappe on a one-year loan from AS Monaco. Here are my overall thoughts on this block buster move from the France giants.
Making another splash
The summer of 2017 has been extremely busy for Paris Saint-Germain for Brazilian superstar Neymar for €222m. PSG wasn’t done they stole Kylian Mbappe from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco which is a brilliant move.
The trio of Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani can really do significant damage when playing together. They will give their opponents nightmares. It will be difficult for teams to contain them due to their speed and their ability to score goals at will in a matter of seconds.
This move has been speculated for months, but with the massive deal for Neymar made it a difficult transition to pull off. According to the financial fair play regulations, a club only has €30 million deficit to play with to sign players. Even though Mbappe is on PSG for a year, there is an option to buy him out next summer on a deal lasting until 2022. According to ESPN FC, the deal will be worth €180 million plus bonuses after the loan.
Mbappe made his name on the international footballing scene last season and showcased his unbelievable talent. He led his team in scoring with 26 goals in 41 appearances. In addition, he helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 trophy in France. It’s mind-blowing that a player at 18 years old is so composed and he can perform constantly under pressure. The sky is the limit for Mbappe because he is only getting started which is scary.
UEFA Champions League
PSG on paper is no longer a laughing-stock around Europe when competing for the Champions League. Real Madrid is still the favorites to win it once again this year. However, now PSG are arguably one of the top five teams that could lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.
For years now the France league has been looked as a joke until now. It has helped to produce fantastic players that can change the game such as Mbappe, Martial, and Alexandre Lacazette. Ligue 1 is a must watch league now just to see what the trio of Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani can accomplish. It will be very intriguing to see if they can perform when it really matters.
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