Manchester City plot £200 million raid for PSG star Kylian Mbappe

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Premier League champions Manchester City are considering making a world record £200 million bid for Paris St-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

While PSG wouldn’t ordinarily be prepared to part with one of their stars, the club is being investigated by UEFA over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations and so could be forced into selling a player to help balance the books.

PSG were cleared of breaking the rules in July, but the investigation has been reopened in the past week.

This has alerted City, and they could be prepared to bid £200 million for him, should UEFA rules against the French champions. That would be a world record, beating the £198 million PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar two summers ago.

Mbappe established himself as a world star at the World Cup in the Summer, starring for the victorious France side, including scoring in the final.

Also, new rules from UEFA mean that if Mbappe were to sign in January he wouldn’t be cup-tied for Champions League matches.

However, City are not alone in their interest in Mbappe. Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid would doubtless be interested too – and they would also have the money to buy him.

But all of this hangs on UEFA’s decision. Of course, PSG could also opt to sell one of their other stars – Neymar has been said to be unhappy in Paris and could be moved on.