Having already won their 12th European Cup, Real Madrid continue to seek to improve their squad with quality and youth. According to Radio Montecarlo, Madrid will make a bid of €135m for French starlet Kylian Mbappé.
Madrid up Mbappé bid
The fee would constitute a world-record transfer, exceeding what Manchester United paid to acquire the services of Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016. In recent weeks, Madrid have approached Monaco with bids of €100m and €115 million.
The deal would see Mbappé remain at Monaco next season. As he would not be an automatic starter at the Bernabéu, and with the Russia World Cup looming, the 18 year old would prefer to remain at the club where last season, he won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-final of the Champions League.
However, Monaco will shortly offer the player a new and improved contract that would run until 2020. People close to the player state that he ‘has a good head on his shoulders’, and that he would be the star man in an ambitious project at Monaco.
United, Chelsea, Arsenal interested
According to Radio Montecarlo, which cites sources within the player’s inner circle, three top-level clubs have already shown their interest in Mbappé, who scored 26 goals in all competitions last season.
The three clubs in question were not revealed, but they are thought to be Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger’s team showing the most concrete evidence. In the last few days, talk of a possible move to Juventus has also increased.
Real Madrid would be willing to part with €135 million to secure Mbappé, and are keeping James Rodríguez’ likely exit from the Bernabéu in mind. The Colombian has offers from Manchester United, Inter, and PSG, and Madrid would stand to receive €70 million from his transfer.