Not content with making Neymar soccer’s most expensive player, French club Paris Saint-Germain has signed Kylian Mbappé — regarded as of one of the world’s most promising teenagers — from Monaco.
The 18-year-old Mbappé, who was born in Paris, will initially make the move to PSG from French champions Monaco on a one-year loan before signing a permanent deal.
Neither club have revealed the financial figures involved in the transfer, but a fee of $214 million has been widely reported, which would make Mbappé the world’s second most expensive player.
“The international French striker is transferred on a loan basis from AS Monaco until June 30 2018,” said PSG on its website.
“The loan agreement also includes a call option for Paris Saint-Germain which, when exercised, will bind the player to Paris Saint-Germain until June 30 2022.”
Last season, Mbappé was a key member of a Monaco team that pipped PSG to the Ligue 1 title and also reached the Champions League semifinals. He scored 26 goals in 44 games.
“It was essential for French football
that we keep and help develop such a great talent in our championship,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told the French club’s website.
“Among players of his age, he is without doubt the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities.”