Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has joked he’d like to loan Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe if his friends at the Parc des Princes will allow it.
The Special One was asked for his opinion on rumours linking PSG striker Edinson Cavani—who’s out of contract in the summer—with a move to North London following Harry Kane’s injury.
Mourinho, 56, spoke at a press conference and said he did not want to comment on Cavani’s situation for fear of upsetting the club’s owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and director Leonardo.
However, he added: "Unless you want to joke – and they are my friends – that they could send Mbappe on loan. More than that I have nothing to say.”
Mbappe, 21, is once again taking France by storm and is set to challenge for his most prolific campaign to date, having scored 21 goals in 22 total appearances—he bagged a career-best 39 goals last season.
Tottenham recently learnt they could be without star striker Kane until at least April after he ruptured a hamstring tendon, leaving Spurs incredibly light up front.
The north Londoners could do with all the reinforcements they can get their hands on after failing to score in their last three Premier League outings—1-0 defeats against Liverpool and Southampton, as well as Saturday’s 0-0 draw away to Watford.
Lucas Moura has been tried as a central forward in Kane’s absence, but neither he nor Heung-min Son look capable of replicating the same characteristics their talisman brought to the side.
Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in 2018 for $200 million having spent the previous season on loan in Paris, and his employers will want to at least recoup that figure should they choose to sell.