In 2017, Barca had the opportunity to own Kylian Mbappe, but the squad gave up to hire Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund.
Barca was able to hire Kylian Mbappe while he was still with AS Monaco in 2017. Bordas, a former member of Barca’s hierarchy, stated that Blaugrana would certainly have the French striker’s signature if he had paid 90 million.
The team in Catalonia did not select Mbappe. Instead, they paid 124 million pounds to recruit Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund.
Mbappe preferred Barca because Neymar had just left,” Mr. Bordas quoted Mundo Deportivo.
Bordas also said that Monaco actively approached them because the principality team did not want to sell the pillars to PSG. The reason Barca selected Dembele was that they rated him as a player capable of coordinating with his teammates, while Mbappe was a striker used to work independently.
After being rejected by Barca, Mbappe moved to PSG for a loan. In the summer of 2018, it was activated by the Paris football team with a purchasing clause of £108 million.
Mbappe started to play impressively in the PSG jersey. He won the Ligue 1 title, and after 20 years of waiting, he became the mainstay to bring France to the World Cup. Mbappe is evaluated by many data sites, such as Transfermarkt, CIES, as the most valuable player in the world.
Dembele has a starting point not less than that of Mbappe. Yet the career of the player has been constantly hampered by injury. This season, former Dortmund stars are lucky enough to keep their feet safe, and coach Ronald Koeman offers them a chance to play very often. He has three goals, one assists in all competitions.