Monaco youngtser Kylian Mbappe is unarguably the world’s most talked about youngster in football at the moment. The 18-year-old has been a revelation for Monaco in both the Ligue One and Champions League this season, and almost every top club want him now.
According to a report by the Mirror, Chelsea turned down the chance to sign the wonderkid just four years ago, for just £17,000.
The France international visited Stamford Bridge as a 14-year-old but Chelsea snubbed him in order to promote local academy prospects Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham.
At the time Mbappe was playing for amateur French side Bondy, where his dad Wilfried was a coach.
According to the Mirror, Mbappe’s representatives attempted to push the Blues into a move by telling them Real Madrid also wanted to sign him but could not persuade the west London outfit to splash the cash.
Mbappe settled for the famed Clairefontaine academy (which produced Thierry Henry) rather than join a European giant, and the rest they say is history.