Mbappe craze hits PSG players

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PARIS — Paris St Germain players are hopeful their club can complete a sensational deal to sign Kylian Mbappe before the transfer window closes next week, defender Marquinhos said on Friday.

Asked about a potential deal for the 18-year-old Monaco starlet after the 3-0 win over St Etienne at the Parc des Princes, Marquinhos said: “We have been keeping an eye on the internet and on our phones, waiting for it to be made official.

“We don’t know yet. I hope it will be done. PSG are very ambitious and you need good players who can make the difference.”

Mbappe has not featured in either of Monaco’s last two games amid talk of a move to Paris for a fee of as much as €180 million (RM918 million).

The France international forward, who hails from the Paris suburbs, has also been closely linked with Real Madrid but is said to want to team up with Neymar at PSG.

PSG paid a world record €222 million (RM1.1 billion) to sign Neymar from Barcelona at the start of this month.

Mbappe’s Monaco team-mate Fabinho, the Brazilian midfielder, has also been linked with a move to Paris.

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Thiago Motta once as PSG beat St Etienne to make it four wins out of four at the start of the new French season. — AFP