Former Borussia Dortmund Scout Sven Mislintat Reveals How Close The Club Came to Signing Kylian Mbappe For Free

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Mbappe has been impressive for PSG this season
Mbappe has been impressive for PSG this season / JEFF PACHOUD/Getty Images

Former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat has revealed that the German side attempted to sign Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer in 2016.

Mbappe was at AS Monaco at the time, and several European giants were keen on signing the young prospect for free. The French youngster, however, signed a new three-year contract at the Ligue One side.

Mislintat has now revealed how the Bundesliga outfit almost signed Mbappe for free, which he says 'would of course have been a mega deal'.

"It was a real shame that we couldn't get Kylian in," Mislintat told the Kicker meets DAZN podcast [via Goal].

"Kylian Mbappe was [available] free of charge at a certain point and there were many suitors. But we had no chance of winning that [race].

"If you had been able to steal Mbappe from Monaco for free at the time, it would of course have been a mega deal."

Mbappe, who is now 22, is regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, and the striker has been impressive for Paris Saint-Germain, who initially signed him on a season-long loan deal from Monaco in 2017 before landing him on a permanent basis in the following summer.