Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar are both nearing Monaco exits but international duty may scupper moves
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN and Co arrived at Clairefontaine dressed to audition ahead of France’s pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers.
The Atletico ace the rest of Les Bleus stars arrived at their training base looking more like frontmen in a boyband.
But with different types of record deals flying around the French league, the futures of Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe hang in the balance.
Both players could be on their way out of Monaco in the coming days – with Mbappe on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain.
Liverpool have reportedly lodged a £55million bid for winger Lemar.
But both face frustration if France boss Didier Deschamps is true to his word.
Deschamps left Barcelona new boy Ousmane Dembele out of the 23-man squad for games agsinst Netherlands and Luxembourg.
He did not want the winger’s move to become a distraction as they look to topple Sweden at the top of World Cup qualifying group A.
FRANCE SQUAD FOR MATCHES WITH NETHERLANDS AND LUXEMBOURG
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Christophe Jallet (Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Kurt Zouma (Stoke)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Kylian Mbapp (Monaco), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Both the English and French leagues have transfer deadlines on Thursday night.
And should Deschamps take the same stance with Mbappe and Lemar that he did with Dembele, the duo’s hopes of moving could be scuppered by their national team boss.
When announcing his squad, Deschamps said: “Ousmane has not trained for 15 days.
“He is waiting for a possible transfer and he has put himself in difficulty in his relationship with his club.
“He has chosen this hard stance, I am not judging him but I cannot take the risk of selecting a player who has marginalised himself. It is up to players and their representatives to decide what is best for the player.
“I have spoken to him about it and he is hoping everything is resolved quickly.
“There is a lot of noise around (Mbappe) as well but even if he has not been involved in Monaco’s last two matches, he is active and training. He just has not had the game-time.”
France play the Netherlands in Paris on Thursday before meeting Luxembourg in Toulouse on Sunday, September 3.
Les Bleus are currently second in World Cup qualifying group A, level on points with leaders Sweden and three ahead of the Dutch in third.
Only the group winners qualify automatically for the finals in Russia next year.
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