French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe has finally broken silence on his future when speaking to reporters after France’s 3-2 win over England on Tuesday night. The 18-year old hinted that he may be open for a move away from Monaco and said he is “going to go away with my family and think about what’s going to happen.”
Mbappe is arguably one of the hottest young prospects in world football right now, and it’s for this reason that a bundle of Europe’s top clubs are supposedly getting ready to splash the cash in return for the Monaco striker’s signature.
He scored a total of 26 goals in all competitions last term and was a fundamental part of the incredibly dominant Monaco side that convincingly won the Lique 1 title. Of course it wasn’t just his domestic record that impressed, Mbappe enhanced his reputation by scoring several crucial goals in the Champions League knock-out stages.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that the youngster has attracted the interest of Europe’s elite, but where would be the ideal destination for Kylian Mbappe? And most importantly, where would he win the most trophies? Let’s discuss his potential options and review the best move for the Frenchman…
Real Madrid (odds: 9/4)
Real Madrid have emerged as the favourites to sign Mbappe this summer, with reports claiming they are prepared to launch a £100m bid to secure his services.
The Spanish giants are one of, if not, the biggest club in the world. That’s a good enough reason in itself, and it’s been heavily publisiced that Real Madrid is Mbappe’s ‘dream’ club. Here’s a chance to make your dreams come true, kid.
If he continues to showcase his ability and maintains the prolific goal scoring form he’s been in for Monaco, there’s absolutely no reason why Mbappe can’t thrive at the Bernabeu. His qualities suit Real’s attacking play style, and with the likes of Ronaldo and Bale, Isco etc around him, the French forward should bag many a goal for El Blanco’s.
A move to the Spanish champions would also present the chance for Mbappe to learn from, and work under his idol, Zinedine Zidane. On top of that, you’d assume that Madrid (on current form), are the most likely to win silverware and secure Champions League football for years to come.
The main question regarding this move is Mbappe’s play time – will be guaranteed first team football week-in, week-out? You have to say no, especially whilst Karim Benzema and Ronaldo are still there.
A great move, and likely to happen, although he may have to temporarily be willing to sit on the bench until he finds his feet. This could materialise into something special though and to be fair, it's the perfect place for Mbappe to win trophies.
Arsenal (odds: 4/1)
Reports suggest that Arsenal have already had an £87m bid turned down by Monaco, however they still remain keen and very much in the hunt and are plotting a second bid.
Signing for the North London side would allow Mbappe to establish himself in the Premier League – the most competitive league in the world. It’s almost every players dream to one-day play in England; the speed and outright intensity of the game is something that draws in the world’s finest stars.
On paper, Arsenal would be a nice fit for Mbappe, especially with the ‘next Henry’ claims being thrown about. Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his attack for the next season and a top-class striker appears to be top of the priority list. With Giroud uncertain about his future, you’d expect Mbappe would hold down a regular starting spot up top in Wenger’s side.
The French contingent (headed by Wenger himself) that is ever present at Arsenal could also help Mbappe to quickly settle into the Premier League; something he may struggle with at other clubs.
Arsenal’s woeful league campaign and consequent failure to secure Champions League football next season is certainly something that could deter Mbappe from joining the Gunners.
With no League titles since 2004 and a poor Champions League record, you’d have to say Arsenal are the least likely to be fighting for silverware, out of all the teams that are linked.
A good move for guaranteed playing time and growth, but perhaps not so good if the long-term focus is to win trophies. If Wenger defies his frugal nature and throws out a huge bid however, this move could actually happen.
PSG (odds: 14/1)
Ligue 1 rivals and giants of French football, PSG, are also said to be among the clubs circulating around the youngster. French paper L’Equipe claim that PSG sporting director Antero Henrique has already initiated talks with Mbappe’s agent.
PSG are a massive club, the biggest in France for sure. In addition to a bigger pay packet, the Parisian’s will expectedly present Mbappe with opportunities for silverware, both domestically and in Europe. Monaco’s starlets may have had a fantastic campaign, but they’ll do well to keep hold of their best players, especially with the top clubs swooping around.
Paris is also Mbappe’s hometown; it’ where he grew up, and where his family and parents live. Factors like this can always play a big part. PSG might therefore be a better long-term option for Mbappe, if he wishes to stay in France.
Pundits and fans are often sceptical about the standard of football in Ligue 1. If Mbappe really wants to challenge himself by playing against the best defenders in the world, and alongside the best attackers in the world, France is perhaps no the ideal place to do so.
Furthermore, his reputation amongst the Monaco faithful would be severely tarnished if this move were to happen – something you’d want a young player to avoid so early on in their career.
Ok if he’s content with fighting for the Ligue 1 title year in, year out. Besides that, this is a pointless move – he may as well stay at Monaco.
Manchester City (odds: 16/1)
It’s claimed that City boss Pep Guardiola has already tried to lure Mbappe from the clutches of Monaco, although Spanish paper Marca suggests that City’s advances were rejected.
Premier league football would again be a major factor that could eventually sway Mbappe in the direction of Manchester - and you’d think it’d be the blue side, not the red. If the French star were to opt for a move to England, City would arguably be the best choice for him in terms of challenging for trophies and Champions League football.
Guardiola has had a slow start at the Etihad, but with the money they’re looking to spend this summer, you’d have to expect a much stronger title challenge from the boys in blue next season. Mbappe could indeed fit nicely into Guardiola’s plans for a bigger and better squad.
With Aguero, one of the best goal scorers in the world, and Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus both solidifying themselves in the City side, it may prove a struggle for Mbappe to break into, and lock down, a regular starting spot. If Aguero were to leave (which is unlikely), it would be a different story.
Unlikely to go through – Madrid would be the better choice out of these two. You’d fancy him to get a place over Benzema, but Aguero? Maybe not. Manchester City are odds on to win the Premier League this year so he could come away with a premier leauge medal.
Stay at Monaco (odds: 6/5)
Of course Mbappe hasn’t yet ruled out the possibility of staying at his current club, Monaco. With a host of clubs looking to tempt away a number of their star talents, it would be well within their interest to keep hold of the 18-year old.
Mbappe has quickly established himself as the star man at Monaco – a role that he’ll continue to own if he opts to stay with his current side. We have to remember that despite the maturity of his talent, Kylian Mbappe is only a teenager, with a lot to learn and so much potential to fill. In order to grow properly though, he needs to be playing regular football at a club that can nurture his progress. This is something he’s already found at Monaco.
Staying with the French champions for another season may therefore turn out to be the best choice for him at this stage in his career.
This does however all come down to the ambition of the player himself. It there’s offers on the table, and the opportunities are there, it must be extremely difficult to ignore. Anything can happen in football, a player’s form can dip just like that, and with it, interest cools and value depreciates. Mbappe may regret not snapping up the big money move whilst he’s hot and in demand.
I can see this happening, even if it’s in the form of a season long loan back from Madrid after buying. Short term: yes. Long term, no – he’s too good to stay, bigger and better silverware awaits - elsewhere.