Kylian Mbappe has finally made his highly anticipated move from AS Monaco, joining Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan with the option to purchase for £165.7 million (€180 million), as revealed through the BBC.
His transfer was delayed due to a difficulty with Financial Fair Play, and the club cannot officially say that the deal will become permanent because if they did then the fee would be attached to this year’s accounts.
That is a problem for the Parisians due to an extravagant summer of spending that included the signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar for a world-record smashing €222 million.
“It is with great joy and pride that I join Paris Saint-Germain,” Mbappe said at a press release.
“I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe.”
A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have shown interest in the French prodigy who burst onto the scene with 26 goals in 44 games for AS Monaco last term, winning Ligue 1 and propelling his side into the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The 18-year-old recently scored his first goal for France against The Netherlands in a 4-0 World Cup Qualifying rout, making him the nation’s youngest goalscorer since 1963.