With three games played in the 2017/18 season, Monaco sit top of France’s Ligue 1 table having won all three games. This is despite the fact that their most prominent player, Kylian Mbappe, has played just 75 minutes this season, all in their opening 3-2 win over Toulouse. Against Dijon, he stayed on the bench for the whole game. Friday night in Metz, he wasn’t even in the matchday squad. According to the BBC, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim will tell you Mbappe — still just 18 years old — is not 100 percent.
However, there is a lot more to this story than the entirely predictable ebb and flow of form that affects all young players. Mbappe, you see, is the subject of a 180 million euros ($211 million) transfer bid from Paris St. Germain, and the football world knows it is a matter of when, not if. The transfer could go through as soon as this week.
Bear in mind that before Paris’ recent acquisition of Neymar Jr, the world record transfer fee for a soccer player was the 115 million euros spent by Manchester United to acquire Paul Pogba from Juventus. Having almost doubled that once in the last month, PSG are now set on having the world’s most and second-most expensive players in the same attack.