Agent drops Kylian Mbappe transfer bombshell amid Chelsea links
Agent Junior Minguella has dropped a Kylian Mbappe bombshell amid the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s links with Chelsea.
Mbappe has surged to the very top of world football, reminding everyone he is now a contender to be crowned the world’s best player with a hat-trick as PSG thrashed Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League earlier this week.
But such form is always followed with transfer links, and Chelsea are one of the clubs to be linked with the Blues tipped to sign a striker this summer.
Erling Haaland has been the main man linked with Chelsea, but Thomas Tuchel’s relationship with Mbappe from his PSG days has some fans dreaming.
The likes of Real Madrid have also been linked with Mbappe, but the latest bombshell involves their rivals Barcelona, who appear to have passed up the option to land Mbappe after Neymar’s departure to PSG in 2017.
Prominent agent Minguella spoke about Barca’s missed opportunity on COPE, saying: “It’s totally true. Neymar was offered to Barcelona in 2017. It wasn’t as simple as it seemed, but we arrived in the moment because of Neymar.
“Neymar had a contract and it (his departure) wasn’t confirmed. The club did not want to take any steps until Neymar left.
“When Neymar left, around the time they confirmed that he left, basically, the coaches had doubts on the type of player and they preferred Dembele.”
He added: “We had a deal closed for €130m plus €25m in incentives. His salary was going to be between €10m and €16m net.”
Minguella even claimed Mbappe, who was at Monaco at the time, was happy to join Barcelona. The agent added: “Kylian preferred to come to Barcelona because at that time, Neymar left and there was a place for him to play, and at Real Madrid, there was (Gareth) Bale, Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Karim) Benzema etc. There was no place open.”
Mbappe, who is actually represented by family members, went on to join PSG in the August of 2017, signing for a fee believed to be €145million plus €35million in add-ons.
The 22-year-old has since scored 111 goals in 153 games for PSG across all competitions, also winning a World Cup in 2018 with France.
Barcelona, who were the victims of a Mbappe hat-trick this week, might just regret their decision, particularly as the man they did sign, Ousmane Dembele, has never truly convinced since his €105million move from Borussia Dortmund.