Manchester City are not actively pursuing the signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe due to the wages he would likely demand in a transfer to the Etihad Stadium.
The 22-year-old’s contract in the French capital is due to expire in the summer of 2022, and has consistently been linked with a move away.
Mbappe’s wage demands are said to be extremely high, and The Athletic now report that they are beyond City’s limits and they will not follow up on their interest in him.
City chiefs are focussed on making the club ‘financially sustainable’ and so any transfer fee paid for Mbappe, along with a lofty salary, would contradict the philosophy in place and could upset the dressing room dynamic at the club.
City’s desire to work within a stricter financial structure is said to be one of the reasons they are yet to agree a contract extension with Kevin De Bruyne.
Last week, 90min detailed Real Madrid’s plans to land Mbappe, which includes the prospect of Eden Hazard going the other way in an attempt to significantly lower PSG’s asking price.
PSG still hope that Mbappe will sign a new deal, despite his preference to head to the Santiago Bernabeu. And while Madrid’s finances have been hit hard by the pandemic, club president Florentino Perez has ensured that there is enough in the bank to complete a deal for the Frenchman.
Sources close to Mbappe have dismissed talk that the player is actively seeking a move to the Premier League, despite constant links to Liverpool.
Meanwhile, 90min revealed last month that City are eyeing a double swoop for Borussia Dortmund stars Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.
Their fathers – Alf-Inge Haaland and Claudio Reyna – both played for City in the 2000s, and the club are prepared to part with over £100m to bring the duo to the Etihad Stadium.