It’s official, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is joining Ligue 1 rivals PSG on a season-long loan, ahead of a £166 million ‘obligation to buy’ next summer, but how much do we really know about the 18-year-old’s new contract?
Well, for starters the ‘obligation to buy’ clause is most likely a way for PSG to navigate around the current Financial Fair Play rules. Having already signed Neymar for the ridiculous sum of £200m last month, there was little chance of PSG balancing the books in such a way that would allow for another big money signing, but make no mistake – PSG have signed Kylian Mbappe.
To give Monaco credit, £166 million is an offer than nobody could refuse, and the figure is certainly more than the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Liverpool would have been prepared to spend.
Monaco do have something of an ace up their sleeve however, with a bizarre contract clause which stipulates that Mbappe must return to the club if PSG are relegated from Ligue 1 this season. Although it’s unlikely to happen, if PSG do get caught breaking FFP rules and FIFA decide to make an example of the club, we could see the contract clause coming into play.