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Agent: Kylian Mbappe wanted to join Barcelona in the summer

Agent: Kylian Mbappe wanted to join Barcelona in the summer

Football agent Josep Maria Minguella told the show that Mbappe, born in Paris, preferred a move to the Nou Camp over his current employers as he did not originally want to return to the French capital.

Kylian Mbappe believes patience is key for Monaco, which is struggling to recreate its heroics of 2016-17 after the France teenager headlined a number of high-profile departures. Barcelona though, will look at his progress with a hint of regret. "The boy only wanted to go to Barcelona when he learned that Neymar was leaving".

Real Madrid were also heavily linked with a summer move for Mbappe, but Minguella said that was not an option because Los Blancos were not prepared to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema.

"This was on 29 July 29 when Barcelona was in Miami to play the [pre-season friendly] game against Real Madrid".

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Minguella, considered very close to the Catalans said that he had informed the club president about the opportunity to sign the wonderkid but things didn't move further. "The father and the player were like crazy for him to play with Messi".

In total, the youngster has netted 31 goals in 67 appearances since his professional debut and, at just 18, there is plenty of time to extend his record as the most precocious scorer in Europe's flagship competition.

"Neymar? It's difficult to get through to Bartomeu".

Mbappe then joined PSG on loan, with a fee of €180m agreed for the deal to become permanent next summer.