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Real Madrid are reportedly planning to make a €135 million (£117.5 million) bid for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, who is also the subject of a reported £113 million bid from Manchester United.

Per Radio Montecarlo (h/t M.A. del Pozo of AS, via MailOnline’s Oliver Todd), Los Blancos are prepared to smash the world-record transfer fee to sign the 18-year-old, having already approached Monaco with bids of €100 million and €115 million.

The most ever paid for a player was the £89 million Manchester United spent on Paul Pogba last summer.

Next season’s UEFA Europa League group stage is beginning to take shape, with Arsenal, Lazio, Lyon, Real Sociedad and Villarreal among 13 of the eventual 16 automatic qualifiers now known.

Europa League Automatic Qualifiers

  • Spain: Villarreal, Real Sociedad
  • Germany: Köln, Hertha Berlin
  • England: Arsenal
  • Italy: Lazio, Atalanta
  • Portugal: Guimarães
  • France: Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Ukraine: Zorya Luhansk
  • Belgium: Zulte Waregem
  • Holland: Vitesse
  • Turkey: Konyaspor
  • Switzerland: Lugano

Zinedine Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, club President Florentino Perez has claimed.

The Frenchman became the first manager to win the Champions League two years in a row with a dominant 4-1 win over Juventus.

Real produced a ruthless second-half display after an evenly matched first 45 minutes. They put more goals past Juventus in 90 minutes than the Italian champions had conceded in their previous 12 Champions League games.

The impressive win crowned a remarkable first full season in charge for former Real midfielder Zidane, who led the team to a first La Liga title in five years, delivering the club’s first European Cup and league double since 1958.

Real Madrid have made European history after becoming the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles following their 4-1 win over Juventus.

Madrid’s triumph is even more impressive considering it’s also the third time they have lifted the Champions League trophy in just four years.

As usual, when it counts, Real Madrid was led by Cristiano Ronaldo. In Cardiff, in a stadium where he won his first ever team trophy in 2004 Ronaldo lead from the front and ensure that, if silverware is at stake, he is the man left holding it at the end.

Manchester United have moved clear of Real Madrid as the most valuable football club in Europe, a report by auditors KPMG has found.

United have been valued at €3.004 billion, ahead of both Real (€2.895bn) and Barcelona (€2.688bn). KPMG had estimated Madrid and United as being worth €2.9bn at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Bayern Munich (€2.367bn) are fourth on the list, with Manchester City (€1.909bn) the next highest-placed English team in fifth. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur complete the top 10.

The huge TV deal that the Premier League has, means that six of the top ten richest sides in Europe are now English.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he will not be swayed by popular opinion in his selection dilemma over whether to play Gareth Bale or Isco in the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday.

Real’s record signing Bale has not played since injuring his groin against Barcelona on April 23 but is fit and available for the final in his home city of Cardiff after returning to training last Friday.

The overriding feeling in the Spanish media, however, is that Spain midfielder Isco, who has thrived in Bale’s absence, scoring five goals and notching three assists in his last eight games, deserves a starting berth over the injury-prone Wales international.

According to reports in Spain, Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave this summer.

Atletico Madrid correspondent Antonio Ruiz, who reports on Diego Simeone’s side on a regular basis, revealed on Tuesday afternoon that Griezmann had handed in a transfer request.

News of his decision will delight Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as the 26-year-old striker is at the top of the Mourinho’s shopping list this summer.

The French international, joined Atletico in 2014 from Real Sociedad, scored 16 La Liga goals for Diego Simeone’s men this season.

Ernesto Valverde Barcelona managerBarcelona have confirmed that Ernesto Valverde will be their new manager, replacing Luis Enrique, a decision that reporter Guillem Balague told Sky Sports was a “safe choice”.

The 53-yer-old Valverde, who is a former Barcelona player has signed a two-year deal, and Balague says that he will add layers to the current side.

Balague told Sky Sports News:

“Valverde is the safe choice for Barcelona. They’ve gone for a manager who can manage what they have, and what they have at the moment is a very powerful front three, a midfield that needs to be recycled if you like, and some players that are reaching 30 or older, and a defence that needs the whole team to work together.

icente Calderon an Saturday, ensuring Iniesta picked up the 33rd title of his career, passing former club and international team mate Xavi, who had been tied with him on 32 trophies.

This was Iniesta’s fifth Spanish cup, and was also remarkably his 30th domestic honor with Barcelona, including eight La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, to go with the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 and 2012 championships he won with Spain.

Iniesta won his first Barcelona trophy in 2005 when the Catalan giants lifted the La Liga trophy that season, and he has gone on to become one of his country’s greatest ever midfielders.

Diego Simeone has expressed his desire to continue as head coach at Atletico Madrid in a move that should disappoint a number of his high-profile suitors.

The Argentinian has guided Atletico to the LaLiga title and into two Champions League finals during his six seasons in charge, and with every passing year his reputation on the continent has grown.

Serie A underachievers Inter Milan are reportedly keen to hire Simeone as Stefano Pioli’s long-term successor while the former Lazio player has also been linked with Premier League club Arsenal.