Hoeness reveals his admiration for Mbappe

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims the club would buy Kylian Mbappe if the Bundesliga giants could afford the French star.

Mbappe, 20, is this season’s top scorer in Ligue 1 with 27 goals from 26 appearances, backing up his claims as the likely successor to Ronaldo and Messi

Already a World Cup winner with France at such a young age, the former Monaco man has been on the radar of top clubs especially Real Madrid.

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And reports are widespread Los Blancos could launch a world-record transfer bid to bring him to the Spanish capital.

But Bayern chief Hoeness admits Mbappe would be welcomed with open arms in Munich only if they could afford him.

“I would buy Mbappé immediately. The player is great. But we don’t have the money necessary for that,” Hoeness told Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

“It’s not about whether Mbappe is worth the money. The question is: can anyone afford to spend this money without getting into financial trouble?

“I read that the most expensive picture in the world cost almost €400 million at an auction. Is a work of art worth it? Of course not! But if someone really wants to own it and pays so much for it, that’s ultimately his decision.”

Bayern have been reluctant to spend big despite shelling out a record €80m to sign Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)