That fee would make him potentially cheaper than Haaland, who Dortmund want a minimum of £127m for, and alongside the Norwegian, Mbappe is very clearly poised to be a stand-out player over the next decade at least. It already feels as if Haaland and Mbappe will share the same sort of rivalry Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have enjoyed over the last 10 to 15 years.
And with Chelsea and United both eager to improve their attack, why would they not want Mbappe? Of course he’s a very different style of player to Haaland, who is closer to a classic No 9, but his talents and his output both speaks for themselves.
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The Frenchman can play through the middle or on either wing and would therefore be able to offer a raft of possibilities to United, who need a more consistent striker than Anthony Martial and are seeking a long-term right-sided forward, and to Chelsea, who simply need better output from their forward line.
PGS will be desperate to keep Mbappe, of course. But given his contract situation, there is a very real chance he can be poached from the Parc des Princes.
And if United and Chelsea miss out on Haaland, perhaps redirecting the finances into a blockbuster buy for a player with a ceiling equally as high might be the plan that delivers them the league title both clubs crave.