AS Monaco have released a statement warning sides from approaching Kylian Mbappe without their permission.
The newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions have so far rejected bids from a host of top European clubs, including Arsenal and Real Madrid, but are growing tired of their 18-year-old striker being tapped up illegally.
A statement on the Monaco website reads:
“AS Monaco want to remind to these clubs that such actions are contrary to the article 211 of the Administrative regulation of the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and to the article 18.3 of the Regulation of the Status and the Transfer of the Players of FIFA.
“To put an end to this unacceptable situation, AS Monaco consider asking the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and the FIFA to commit disciplinary procedures against clubs offenders.”
Arsene Wenger is understood to have had a three hour face-to-face meeting with Mbappe earlier in the summer, however, it looks as though he had permission. Perhaps his historical links with the Stade Louis II outfit paid dividends on that occasion?
Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson claims the statement is directed firmly at Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City, who’ve also shown an eagerness to snap up the France international.
You’d think there’s not much you can do about illegal contact in this day and age. That said, earlier in the summer, Liverpool were forced into a grovelling apology when they were caught hitting on Southampton’s Virgil van Dyck. They subsequently gave up trying to sign the Dutchman.
Understand Monaco's complaint to FIFA over Mbappe relates to alleged conduct of Manchester City and PSG, not Arsenal. #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) July 20, 2017
As things stand it doesn’t look like Mbappe will be moving this summer, something Arsene Wenger touched on recently when asked if the Gunners were still pursuing the attacker.
“It looks like that [he will stay at Monaco], yeah,” said Wenger last week. “Too much choice maybe, so in the end people don’t move.”