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Monaco thrash Marseille in game overshadowed by Mbappe transfer talk
August 28, 2017 / 5:04 AM / 3 months ago

Monaco thrash Marseille in game overshadowed by Mbappe transfer talk

PARIS (Reuters) - French champions Monaco crushed Olympique de Marseille 6-1 on Sunday to stay just behind league leaders Paris St Germain, although the game was overshadowed by the imminent transfer to PSG of Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco vs Olympique de Marseille - Monaco - August 27, 2017. Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and teammates after the match. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Monaco scored four goals in the first half, with Colombian international Radamel Falcao netting twice in the rout of their Mediterranean rivals, who defended poorly throughout the game.

However, much of the build-up was dominated by French media reports that PSG had signed Monaco’s 18-year-old striker Mbappe in a 180 million euros ($215 million) deal.

There was no official confirmation from PSG or Monaco and Mbappe looked relaxed as he sat on the bench as an unused substitute.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco vs Olympique de Marseille - Monaco - August 27, 2017. Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Djibril Sidibe celebrate after the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Mbappe shone for Monaco as they claimed the French title and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

He could link up at PSG with Brazilian forward Neymar, who PSG signed this month from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million euros.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco vs Olympique de Marseille - Monaco - August 27, 2017. Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Djibril Sidibe celebrate after the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

In other games on Sunday, former champions Lille continued to struggle as they drew 1-1 with Angers while Guingamp beat Strasbourg 2-0.

PSG, who beat Saint Etienne 3-0 on Friday, lead Monaco on goal difference, with both teams having won their four opening games.

($1 = 0.8372 euros)

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Ed Osmond

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