Argentina great Diego Maradona says he urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign football's "big revelation" Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe was linked with a big-money move to Los Blancos throughout the off-season, before settling on a switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 18-year-old is already an established squad member for France and finished seventh in this year's Ballon d'Or count following a breakout 2016-17 campaign for Monaco.
And he has received a ringing endorsement from one of the greats of the game.
"Mbappe, for me he is the big revelation in football. I think he can surpass many players," Maradona told Spanish publication AS.
"And why did [Perez] not sign him? I told him! It was when we saw each other at FIFA.
"He said to me, '[but] you know I have Cristiano'."
34 - @KMbappe has been involved in 34 goals in Ligue 1 since 2016/17 (21 goals, 13 assists), at least 20 more than any other U20 player from the top 5 leagues in the same period. Fantastic. pic.twitter.com/v1c1ORFMI9— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 9, 2017
Madrid, fourth in LaLiga after 15 games, subsequently failed to bring in attacking reinforcements and have scored eight fewer league goals than leaders Barcelona.
Maradona defended the value of Karim Benzema, but believes Gareth Bale should be moved on by the European champions.
"Sell Bale, give Bale away," he said.
"He will surely be a makeweight for something, and Florentino will be left with half of Madrid or half of Italy and Bale will play for AC Milan or Inter.
"But I think they have to buy Mbappe."
26 de septiembre 2018
|Great Britain and Argentina handed Davis Cup wildcards|
|Strong start key for European skipper Bjorn|
|Schmiedlova ousts former Tashkent champion Hibino|
|Mourinho and Pogba in frosty training ground exchange|
|Ashworth to leave FA for Brighton job|
|Gillespie backs Finch for Test success|
|Woods and Mickelson pairing ´not too likely´ - Furyk|
|Pogba v Mourinho: Who should stay and who should go at Manchester United?|
|Rahm better than I was at my first Ryder Cup, says McIlroy|
|Erdogan claims double standards in Ozil controversy|
|F1 Raceweek: Mercedes eye five in a row in Sochi – Russian GP in numbers|
|Rose: Stature doesn´t win Ryder Cup points|
|Sonny Bill Williams fit to face Pumas - Crotty|
|Exuberant Rahm expecting to be paired with calming influence|
|I´ve proved myself over and over - Garcia|
|Ocon negotiating with Williams for 2019|
|Kvitova´s Wuhan quest ended by Pavlyuchenkova|
|Hummels impressed by ´incredible´ Sanches|
|Brewers benefit from Pirates´ trade deadline acquisition of Archer|
|Barty upsets Kerber in Wuhan|
|England could still pick Cipriani despite training camp snub|
|Astros become first defending champions to reach 100 wins since 1990 Athletics|
|Wilder waiting for ´real offer´ to fight Joshua|
|LeBron focusing on patience after first Lakers practice|
|Pochettino expects Spurs in new stadium by Christmas|
|Inzaghi: With Ronaldo, Juve are best team in Europe|
|Some people talk too much – Icardi hits back at critics|
|Kovac, Robben praise Augsburg after draw|
|Angels star Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery|
|Simeone tips Gimenez to be fit for Madrid derby|
|Smith on his NBA Finals miscue: People make mistakes all the time|
|Rams CB Talib to have ankle surgery|
|Cousins ´feeling a lot better´, still unsure when he´ll return|
|I knew we´d be in trouble with Jones on penalties – Mourinho|
|Coyotes forward Galchenyuk expected to miss opener|
|Guardiola won´t compare Foden to Iniesta|
|Lampard shell-shocked as Derby win at Old Trafford|
|Ryder Cup 2018: USA celebrities take the honours|
|Manchester United´s torrid penalty shoot-out run continues against Derby|
|Guardiola: Foden already a great, great player|
25 de septiembre 2018
|Atletico Madrid 3 Huesca 0: Rojiblancos cruise ahead of Madrid derby|
|EFL Cup: Lampard dumps out Mourinho, Burnley lose at Burton Albion|
|Mourinho denies Pogba row despite stripping midfielder of vice-captaincy|
|Fabinho situation not complicated, insists Klopp|
|Manchester United 2 Derby County 2 (Derby win 8-7 on pens): Lampard heaps pressure on Mourinho|
|Afghanistan snatch tie after Shahzad pummels India|
|Inter 2 Fiorentina 1: D´Ambrosio maintains Nerazzurri revival|
|Oxford United 0 Manchester City 3: Foden stars as EFL Cup holders cruise into round four|
|Cousin takes Gabon post after Aubameyang rejection|
|Bayern Munich 1 Augsburg 1: Neuer error costs champions|
|Paris Saint-Germain must be a Champions League force to help Neymar - Baptista|
|Salgado warns of ´war´ in Spanish football|
|Cech deserves Arsenal place, says Seaman|
|Halep and Garcia among seeds to fall in Wuhan|
|F1 Raceweek: Mercedes taking no comfort in points advantage|
|Benitez charged by FA for referee comment relating to Zaha treatment|
|Cibulkova dumps out hampered Halep in Wuhan|
|Mourinho questions his players amid reports Pogba won´t captain United again|
|European Ryder Cup diary: Fleetwood´s hair delights Poulter|
|USA Ryder Cup diary: Tiger´s roaring reception, McEnroe´s bold prediction|
|Loans to be limited under new FIFA proposal|
|Prolific Nadolo signs new Montpellier contract|
|Modric? For us, Messi is the best – Valverde|
|Murray makes winning start in Shenzhen|
|Mickelson would cherish first victory on European soil|
|Hodge hoping pressure proves too much for South Africa|
|Woodward in show of support for under-fire Mourinho|
|Mickelson jokes he wants ´a shot a side´ from Tiger in Thanksgiving showdown|
|Reed: Captain America is a villain in Europe|
|Duminy to captain Proteas as Elgar replaces injured Amla|