Monaco have proven themselves to be tough negotiators this summer despite losing a number of key players.
Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko have both swapped the principality for the Premier League, but Leonardo Jardim will still have had a good transfer window if he manages to keep hold of Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old’s 26 goals in all competitions have catapulted him into the spotlight. Monaco released an official statement on Thursday via their website warning off clubs who they alleged had made illegal approaches for the striker.
While the Ligue 1 champions haven’t named them, the Mirror have now revealed Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as the clubs in question.
According to the newspaper, Monaco believe they have proof that City and PSG both met the player without their authorisation, though FIFA are yet to receive a formal complaint.
It’s even claimed that they could be hit with a transfer ban. City are thought to be confident they’ve done nothing wrong and hope to keep up a positive relationship with Monaco – especially as they remain interested in full-back Benjamin Mendy.
Several top clubs have been handed transfer embargos by FIFA in recent years, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. Those three all saw the bans overturned on appeal, but Atletico Madrid’s ongoing case proves the football authorities mean business.
City have already been threatened with sanctions once this summer over the signing of Benjamin Garré before he turned 16, per the Telegraph, so they will need to tread exceptionally carefully.