Paris Saint-Germain are yet to complete a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe over fears they will be hit by Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.
According to L’Equipe, the 18-year-old is set to join on an initial season-long loan deal, with an automatic purchase fee of £166m, however PSG are looking to have the obligation to buy removed.
That’s because any automatic purchase fee would apply to the current campaign, and, having already bought Neymer for £198m, would take the Ligue 1 club miles past the £30m deficit that is allowed when it comed to FFP.
The capital club have already fallen foul of those rules back in 2014, and are wary of heavier sanctions for a second breach of them, which could include a Champions League ban.
Reports in France suggest Mbappe has already completed his medical and all that awaits is an agreement over the structure of the deal.
With the player having just two years left on his current Monaco deal, the principality club are not willing to sanction a move without a permanent clause for fear of the player returning to the club with just 12 months left on his contract.
PSG are also looking to complete further outgoings before the transfer window as they look to recoup some of the money spent on their world record signing Neymar.
Full-back Serge Aurier has joined Tottenham for £23m, while Arsenal are interested in securing the services of Germany interntional Julian Draxler.
The transfer window closes in England and France at 11pm on Thursday night.