Manchester City will not pursue Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain this season. The Athletic reports that the Citizens are considering taking in Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland. Inter striker Romelu Lukaku is also a goal for the club.
The Frenchman’s massive wage demands are the main explanation for City’s lack of interest in him. The club does not want to deviate from its pay structure, nor do they want to risk destabilizing the team’s locker room culture by bringing in such a high-paid player.
Mbappe aspires to be paid the same as PSG’s other striker, Neymar. With that in mind, it’s more likely that Mbappe will leave PSG in the summer of 2022 when his contract expires, but the Parisians will do whatever they can to keep their prized asset.
In that sense, a change to Haaland would be more unusual. Chelsea, Man United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are all interested in signing him. There are concerns about City’s ability to work with Mino Raiola, the agent who represents the Norwegian.
Provided that the striker’s father was a member of the club, it is anticipated that the issue will be resolved.