Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly struck a deal with AS Monaco for the signing of starlet Kylian Mbappe.
Julian Draxler, who only joined the Parc des Princes outfit in January, and Angel Di Maria are both said to be candidates to be the makeweight in the deal.
As noted by Slavin, Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked with a move for Mbappe, too. However, as relayed by Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol, it appears PSG have been prepared to blow their rivals out of the water in terms of what they are offering the youngster:
Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh
PSG offering Kylian Mbappé 1900% pay rise. If he moves from Monaco weekly wage would go from £16,000 to £320,000. Real Madrid offer £120,0002017-8-23 22:25:05
If the move does go ahead, it will cap a rapid rise for Mbappe. While it was clear he was a talent, few would have tipped him to become one of the world's most expensive players a year ago.
But a sensational 2016-17 redefined his status; Mbappe went from a promising youngster to one of the best prospects of his generation. The forward was a driving force behind Monaco's Ligue 1 title win and was brilliant as they marched into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Per journalist Paddy Boyland, there seems an inevitability about the youngster heading to the Parc des Princes:
Patrick Boyland @Paddy_Boyland
It was fun while it lasted... https://t.co/PkAKMwmJiw2017-8-23 21:59:01
It will be interesting to see which player PSG decide to give to Monaco as part of this transfer if it goes through.
Draxler's departure would be a big shock. The Germany international made the switch to Ligue 1 midway through 2016-17 and was a big hit. Even with Neymar arriving, it's easy to see a role for the 23-year-old in Unai Emery's squad.
Indeed, journalist Jonathan Johnson believes PSG will do what they can to keep hold of the former Wolfsburg man:
Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip
As I said earlier, the Julian Draxler speculation is a nonsense. Unai Emery is a fan of the player & no sale is planned by PSG. https://t.co/jIFBuzt4gI2017-8-17 17:18:15
Di Maria's exit seems far more feasible. It was suggested by Lluis Miguelsanz of Sport that the Argentina international is closing in on a potential move to Barcelona.
PSG are clearly seeking to restructure their attack and with that in mind, a player such as the former Real Madrid man, 29, may be considered dispensable.
If he were to move to Monaco, he would be the star man; as noted below, Di Maria is used to playing a supporting role:
B/R Football @brfootball
Angel Di Maria’s enjoyed some good company in his playing days (so far). https://t.co/zv9nf0uIYz2017-8-17 02:11:01
It's clear PSG are keen to sign Mbappe while they can. Some will suggest it's too early to be paying so much for a player who has enjoyed a solitary sensational season, yet it feels symbolic for the biggest side in France to be snapping up the country's most exciting prospect.
Di Maria or Draxler may end up as collateral damage in this pursuit of Mbappe. But you can imagine that would be of little concern to the capital club if they land their second superstar of the summer.