Chelsea could be among the clubs to put themselves in the picture to sign Kylian Mbappe and will “definitely be in the conversation” to land the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.
That is according to Pete O’Rourke, who believes that should the 23-year-old become available over the coming months, the west Londoners will almost certainly be among the clubs who would be prepared to fight for his signature.
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Mbappe has been the subject of much discourse this week after Fabrizio Romano claimed that the France international is “not happy with Paris Saint-Germain” amid a “really tense” situation and that he wants to leave the Parc des Princes “as soon as possible”.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said of Chelsea: “I think they’ll definitely be in the conversation if Kylian Mbappe does become available in the next couple of transfer windows.
“I think Todd Boehly has shown his ambition for Chelsea, they have put their money where their mouth is since they’ve taken over from Roman Abramovich.
“They’re already making big plans for next season by trying to set up a deal for Christopher Nkunku, and I’m sure if Mbappe does become available, you’ll have Chelsea and all the top clubs across Europe who would love to sign him as well.”
It goes without saying that there will always be interest in an asset who conjured up a whopping 47 goal contributions in Ligue 1 last term in the form of 28 goals and 19 assists across 35 games for PSG.
Dubbed the “hottest property in football” by the Twitter admins at ESPN FC courtesy of his CIES transfer value ranking, the majority of Europe’s elite could put up a fight for his signature. Aside from the astronomical fee that he would likely yield, with his Transfermarkt valuation sitting at £144m as it stands, that could be the toughest ask for Chelsea in any attempts to sign him.
There is no doubting Mbappe’s ability, having scored 238 goals in senior club and international football before his 24th birthday, and he will surely be one of football’s biggest focal points for years to come.
He has established himself as a world-class attacking asset at a young age and garnered praise from another legendary French striker in Thierry Henry, who has gushed that Mbappe’s playing style is “what you want to see” and “why you put your TV on”.
The £413k-per-week predator’s contributions last season placed him as PSG’s best attacking threat, with his metrics seeing him beat the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who could not come close.
It would be interesting to see how Graham Potter would handle the star, both personally and tactically, considering the mumblings surrounding the Frenchman’s ego and bearing in mind his respective versatility in the attacking positions.
Either way, the mere thought of Mbappe in a Chelsea shirt is a massively exciting one.