Kylian Mbappé is easily one of the top five footballers on the planet, yet, Paris Saint-Germain might actually be better as a team if they sold him this summer.
I realize that statement might create a stir amongst some PSG supporters but bookies may give you some good offers on whether Mbappé will be sold this summer considering his recent form.
Mbappé is currently on one of the worst goal-scoring runs of his career in the French capital and in the tournament where it really matters, the UEFA Champions League, he went a year without scoring until finally breaking through with two goals against Istanbul Basaksehir on matchday 6 on December 9, 2020.
This season, Mbappé has 12 goals in Ligue 1 (16 total appearances) and just those two goals against Basaksehir in the Champions League (5 total appearances). Those stats aren’t bad but they’re certainly not up to the lofty standards Mbappé set when he arrived from AS Monaco in 2017.
In a fascinating turn of fortune, it’s actually Neymar Jr. who has become the more prolific and relied-upon player at PSG. Injuries have kept the Brazilian superstar from matching Mbappé’s output but anyone who watches PSG plays regularly will tell you that when Neymar is on the pitch, the team is vastly improved.
It’s been reported that both Neymar and Mbappé, who are both on contracts that expire in 2022, are currently in negotiations to extend their stay in Paris. However, I think PSG’s upper management should think twice about extending Mbappé especially if there’s a buyer out there ready to pay up for his services.
According to Transfermarkt, Mbappé has a value of €180 million, but I would put his transfer value slightly higher at €250 million. Real Madrid is the only team that Mbappé would leave PSG for and who would have the money to afford him. If Los Blancos make an offer anywhere near €250 million for the 22-year-old phenom, PSG should sell and reinvest that money into filling the holes in the squad.
With €200+ million to spend, PSG could finally fix their full-back issue and bring in players such as Theo Hernández, Ricardo Pereira, or Benjamin Pavard. Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, could further invest in the midfield with a player like Sergej Milinković-Savić from Lazio.
You’re never going to replace a player like Mbappé but Leonardo could use some funds to make Moise Kean’s loan deal from Everton FC permanent and look at potentially signing players like Sadio Mané, Lorenzo Insigne, Domenico Berardi, or Leon Bailey.
The point is, as great as Mbappé is and as high as his ceiling is, you’re not going to win the Champions League with one or two superstars and a bunch of slightly above average players behind them. PSG needs a well-rounded squad and quality depth at every position. Letting Mbappé go would help them achieve that even if it will be difficult for supporters to see him leave.
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