Monaco & L’Equipe
Dmitry Rybolovlev, the president of Ligue 1 champions Monaco, has given an interview to L’Equipe on Monday in which he’s discussed how the club are approaching the summer transfer market.
Monaco, who already benefit from lenient tax laws, are known to have significant funds which mean the club are not forced to sell their best players.
However, after sensational performances in the French top flight and in the Champions League this season, many are predicting that the current crop of stars will be targets for the biggest clubs in Europe this season.
The likes of Chelsea, Man United and Man City were all linked to Monaco stars by Telefoot on Sunday, while last weekend also saw the Telegraph claim that Real Madrid had a world record bid for Kylian Mbappe rejected.
Open to selling
Yet, according to Rybolovlev, while Monaco don’t need to offload players for financial reasons, the club may be unable to stop players leaving.
Speaking to L’Equipe, and translated by Sport Witness, Rybolovlev even talked up the possibility of Mbappe joining Man United. He said:
We have no budget problem and we are not forced to sell, but the day when a player or coach wants to leave, it’s just unimaginable to keep him against his wish. We are not Real Madrid or Barcelona or Manchester.
You know, (Anthony) Martial, it was he who wanted to leave and we can understand.
I don’t know (if Mabppe is worth 100 million euros), it is the market that decides, and it depends on who is willing to invest in him.
Will Mbappe move to Old Trafford this summer?
That feels unlikely, as the Red Devils seem closer to signing Antoine Griezmann or Romelu Lukaku as they hope to boost their forward line for next season.