Monaco are threatening to report “important” European clubs to FIFA for making contact with star striker Kylian Mbappe without the club’s consent.
Mbappe is one of football’s hottest properties – a potential first £100m footballer – and a host of sides have been linked with a move for the 18-year-old France international, who scored 26 goals in all competitions as Monaco won Ligue 1 last season.
The French outfit have not named which clubs they believe have approached Mbappe – who has reportedly attracted offers of £100million this summer – but have said they may turn to both the French Football League (LFP) and FIFA to take action against the offenders.
It has been reported that Manchester City are one of the clubs accused – a matter they will not be commenting on.
The club, though, are understood to be confident that all of their transfer dealings have been conducted in a respectful and open manner.
The Guardian claim that Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are two of the other offending clubs, with the other yet to be identified.
City and Monaco are said to share a positive relationship, having faced one another in last season’s Champions League, while in May Bernando Silva swapped the Monaco for the north west.
Pep Guardiola’s men are currently in negotiations with the French champions regarding full-back Benjamin Mendy.
A Monaco statement read: “AS Monaco state with regret that “important” European football clubs have made contacts with Kylian Mbappe (and his entourage) without authorisation from the club.
“AS Monaco want to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to article 211 of the administrative regulation of the French Football League and to article 18.3 of FIFA’s regulation of the status and the transfer of players.
“To put an end to this unacceptable situation, AS Monaco are planning on asking the French Football League and FIFA to start disciplinary procedures against the offending clubs.”