Former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat reflected on how close his former club was to bringing on Kylian Mbappe in 2016.
Mislintat helped bring multiple young prospects to Dortmund during his time there, which included the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. In 2016, Dortmund showed an early interest in signing Mbappe, who was just emerging as one of the more promising attacking prospects in the sport.
Mbappe ended up signing a multi-year professional contract with Monaco in 2016. But as Mislintat revealed in the Kicker Meets DAZN podcast, Dortmund could have signed Mbappe before his major breakout season over the 2016-2017 campaign.
“It was such a shame that we weren’t able to bring in Kylian,” Mislintat. “He was [available] for free at one point and there were a lot of contenders. But we had no chance of winning this race. If you could have stolen Mbappe from Monaco for free at the time, that would of course have been a mega-deal.”
As mentioned, Mbappe wound up having that breakout season in the following year, which included helping Monaco win Ligue 1. In the end, Dortmund watched as Mbappe’s transfer value skyrocketed over the season, which Paris Saint-Germain then came in to sign the French star to a multi-year contract deal in 2017.
Mbappe is well now among the greatest players to ever play for PSG.
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