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PSG identify Barcelona star as Kylian Mbappe replacement

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have identified a headline member of the attacking setup at Barcelona as their priority target to replace Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

This, of course, comes amid fresh speculation surrounding the future of superstar Mbappe.

On the back of widespread confirmation that the 24-year-old has informed the powers that be at the Parc des Princes of his decision not to extend his current terms, an immediate sale is now being taken into serious consideration.

This comes ahead of the expiration of his deal in just 12 months’ time.

Real Madrid, long-term suitors, are therefore understood to be readying a fresh proposal to bring Mbappe to Spain’s capital.

Where, though, does this leave PSG?

Safe to say, then, that reinforcements in the attacking third will be very much required in Paris with a view to the new season.

And, according to French sources, one such target comes in the form of Barcelona standout Ousmane Dembele.

As per transfer journalist Santi Aouna, wide-man Dembele has been earmarked as the first-choice target to replace Mbappe, in the case of the latter’s sale.

This comes at the direct request of incoming boss Luis Enrique.

Dembele’s current terms at the Camp Nou are understood to contain a €50 million release clause, which PSG are ready to trigger over the coming weeks.

Barcelona themselves, however, remain hopeful of fending off such interest, courtesy of a new contract for their explosive but injury-riddled winger.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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