Could Mbappe fill Aguero void?
Manchester City could be on the hunt for a replacement for Sergio Aguero next summer, and Kylian Mbappe has emerged as an early target.
Aguero will have one more year left on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium when the campaign comes to an end but there has still been speculation he could move on after this season has concluded, potentially back to his native Argentina.
When City signed Gabriel Jesus he was touted as a potential long-term successor to the Argentina international but he has been unable to emerge from the sizeable shadow of the 31-year-old and he continues to be linked with an exit at fairly frequent intervals.
That has led to speculation that City could set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe, but would he be a good fit for the Manchester outfit?
There can be no question of his quality but signing Mbappe would be a huge risk for any club simply due to the huge fee that would undoubtedly be involved. The 20-year-old joined PSG in a €180million deal last year from Monaco and the Parc des Princes outfit would be looking for a significant profit if they were to be convinced into a sale.
The Citizens have been linked with Mbappe on a number of occasions and these latest reports claiming a move could happen next summer come from Spanish source Don Balon, who suggest PSG will demand an eye-watering €300m [£269m] for Mbappe next summer.
That figure may well have been plucked out of the air, but regardless it doesn’t seem out of the question either. City will have to pay big if they are to bring in an already established name to fill the huge void that will be created by Aguero’s departure.
Mbappe managed 33 goals in just 29 Ligue 1 outings for PSG last season and also starred for France as they claimed the World Cup last year. City are one of the few clubs who could afford to take him away from PSG but he is unlikely to be the only candidate to replace Aguero.
It is also a possibility that manager Pep Guardiola could opt for a change in tactics with a more fluid frontline.
England international Raheem Sterling now boasts the kind of clinical finishing ability that could see him take on the role of the focal point in the attack when Aguero does opt to move on, and Guardiola may focus on other types of attacking players rather than sign another out-and-out centre forward.
Mbappe is clearly one of the best attacking players in world football but his price-tag could be a stumbling block even for City’s owners. The Frenchman may well look like an appealing target but for now any speculation linking him with a move to Manchester should be taken with a pinch of salt.