One of Europe’s hottest properties could be on the move in the coming days with reports emerging that Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe.
The report comes from Spanish daily Marca, who allege that the reigning Champions League holders have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign the highly-rated French striker for a fee that could end up rising to a staggering €180m.
— MARCA (@marca) July 25, 2017
The structure of the reported deal is such that Real will pay Monaco a guaranteed €160m for Mbappe, with the remaining €20m coming via add-ons over the course of his stay at the Bernabeu. The fee positively annihilates the €100m that Manchester United paid for the young forward’s international teammate Paul Pogba last summer, and puts the Spanish giants back at the top in terms which club has spent the most money on a single player.
Mbappe’s future has been the subject of a barrage of speculation throughout the summer (and realistically has been ever since he broke out on to the scene last season). The wonderkid scored 26 goals in 44 games last season as Leandro Jardim’s side won the Ligue 1 title and made it all the way to the Champions League semi-final.
Manchester City, Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool were all reported to be strongly interested in his signature but, as is usually the case, it appears that Real are in the driving seat.
Monaco themselves have since told Sky Sports that no deal has been agreed with Real Madrid to sell Mbappe. Whether or not that simply means that nothing has been agreed yet (a la Everton’s denial of an agreement to sell Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United) remains to be seen, however.
Monaco tell us they have not agreed to sell Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid for £160m (€180m). #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) July 25, 2017