The 18-year-old striker was the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer but has finally joined his hometown club, initially on loan but with the club having a compulsory purchase clause in the deal that means he will arrive on a permanent basis next summer.
At that time, he is expected to become the world’s second most expensive player, with the deal reported to be as much as €180 million. PSG have already smashed the world transfer record this summer, having acquired Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.
As a result of that deal, they could not also afford to sign Mbappe and stay within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, hence the move is simply a loan to begin with.
He has earned widespread praise, with Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon dubbing him a “future Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo”.
Mbappe has, though, been used sparingly at the start of the new season, given the speculation around his future, with a whole host of Europe’s top clubs having been linked with a move at one stage or another.
The 18-year-old forward started the French Super Cup defeat to PSG, and then Monaco’s first Ligue 1 game of the new campaign, but has since been an unused substitute or left out of the squad entirely.