Chelsea will almost definitely be beaten to the signing of Kylian Mbappe this summer, but Todd Boehly has already signed a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been told that he already has his own Kylian Mbappe. The 24-year-old forward’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is becoming increasingly uncertain, with his contract ending in 12 months, and he’s expected to leave this summer.
According to L’Equipe, Mbappe submitted a letter to the Parisians expressing his wish to leave Les Parc des Princes after the upcoming season, which According to the source, PSG is enraged by the manner in which the announcement was made, and they intend to cash in on the France international rather than risk losing him.
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A few hours later, Le Parisien published an article in which it was said that Mbappe was eyeing a transfer to Real Madrid. On social media, the Frenchman promptly dismissed the rumors of a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu, tweeting:
“At the same time, the bigger it is, the more it passes. I have already said that I will continue next season at PSG where I am very happy.”
The New York Times reports that PSG would demand at least £160 million to sign Mbappe if he were to leave the French capital this summer. Luckily for Pochettino, Chelsea has already signed Mykhailo Mudryk as an alternative.
Speaking to Emanuel Rosu last year, the former Shakhtar Donetsk and now-Dynamo Kyiv manager stated that the Ukrainian’s “qualities cannot be questioned.” Mircea Lucescu stated:
“Mudryk is a copy of Mbappe, it will be great to see him play at a higher stage than he is right now. His qualities and perspectives can’t be questioned.”
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Despite flashes of brilliance, Mudryk has struggled to make an impression in his Premier League debut. While the 22-year-old winger is yet to score his first goal for the Blues, he’s only ever completed 90 minutes in the English English Premier League.
He was never afforded a stretch of games to really get his feet under the table, starting just seven games and coming off the bench in the other eight. But with Pochettino set to take over, Chelsea will be hopeful that the new manager will assist Mudryk realize his potential as the next Mbappe.