How Chelsea failed to sign Mbappe ahead of World Cup

Kylian Mbappe is currently setting the World Cup alight with his performances, but he could have been tearing up European football in in a Chelsea shirt.

After a sensational season with Monaco in the 2016/17 campaign, he then made the move to PSG and his two goals in the last 16 clash for France against Argentina showed why he is one of the hottest talents around.

The 19-year-old, who turns 20 in December, was exceptional in the match as he also won the penalty for Antonie Griezmann to score after Mbappe's electrifying run.

The youngster switched clubs last summer, but it could well have been at Stamford Bridge where he could have been plying his trade, with Mbappe once being part of the Chelsea set-up.

At the age of 11 the Blues took the talented striker on trial, using him in an academy match against Charlton and also giving him a personalised shirt with 'Kylian' on the back with the number ten.

Mbappe also had a trial with one of the clubs that wanted him last season, Real Madrid, before finally settling on signing for Monaco.

According to reports, the Blues also could have got the striker for £14,000 when he was just 14, but decided to push for Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke instead and would have had to wait until he was 16 to grab his signature.

There was the potential of a blocking from FIFA as well, with Article 19 of their regulations on the transfers of minors states that international moves cannot go ahead until the player is 16. – Football London