Manchester City making any move for Kylian Mbappe is reportedly unlikely, with the club unwilling to break their wage structure.
The French superstar will only have a year remaining on his contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
That has led to speculation the 22-year-old – who already has 25 goals in all competitions this season – could soon leave.
There has been plenty of talk about him joining Real Madrid to become the long-term replacement for fellow countryman Karim Benzema.
But City have also been mentioned. However, it seems a transfer to the Etihad Stadium would be unlikely.
The Athletic claim City would be unwilling to break their wage structure for Mbappe so as not to risk disharmony in the dressing room.
It’s explained that this notion is currently why it’s taking a while for Kevin De Bruyne’s contract to be extended – although Fabrizio Romano believes there ultimately won’t be any issues with that particular situation.
Makes sense for City
Any team in world football would be blessed to have Mbappe in their team.
City have obviously shelled out millions on transfer fees down the years, but the wage structure has always been an important aspect of the club’s successes.
Dressing room harmony is hugely important and City have never had any issues caused by one player earning significantly more than everyone else and not performing.
If Mbappe’s wage demands are that astronomical, perhaps Erling Haaland would be the better bet.