Sven Mislintat has revealed that Borussia Dortmund almost signed Kylian Mbappe for free in 2016.
Mbappe quickly became one of the most sought-after talents in European football after making his first-team debut for Monaco in December 2015.
By the end of his debut season at Stade Louis II, a whole host of top clubs had expressed an interest in the Frenchman, with Mislintat now claiming that Dortmund were near the front of the queue.
The former BVB scout told the Kicker meets DAZN podcast of his failure to lure Mbappe to Westfalenstadion:
“It was a real shame that we couldn’t get Kylian in.
“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.”