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PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain will sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe on an initial loan with the move made permanent next summer to comply with financial fair play (FFP) regulations, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

Last week, sources said PSG were close to completing a deal for a fee of around €150 million plus a player.

Sources said that either Lucas Moura or Goncalo Guedes would join Monaco, but Lucas did not want to leave PSG and Guedes preferred the option of joining Valencia.

PSG sporting director Antero Henrique then tried to persuade Javier Pastore to form part of the deal, but when that attempt failed PSG were left with little option but to agree to pay €180m plus add-ons in a move involving no other player.

The Paris source said that, after further discussions over the weekend, a loan move would be made to land Mbappe with an option to buy that would effectively be obligatory.

Monaco have accepted that Mbappe no longer wants to play for them and that selling for €180m either this summer or next would be their best bet, a source close to the principality club said.

Mbappe, 18, is expected to sign the five-year contract he has agreed with PSG next summer after his loan spell is complete.

Both sources said a medical could have already taken place, or that PSG medical staff could visit the player when he is on duty with France if it has not.

A loan with an option to buy next summer means PSG will still have funds to purchase Mbappe’s Monaco teammate Fabinho and a new goalkeeper, possibly Lazio’s Pepe Reina, before the window closes.

Henrique is working to move on players including Guedes, Serge Aurier, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Hatem Ben Arfa, and if he succeeds PSG will be able to complete their business within the bounds of FFP.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.



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