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.
Real’s upcoming bid for Mbappe would blow that out of the water and likely raise eyebrows in some quarters given the youngster has enjoyed just one fine season in his career.
Real Madrid boss Florentino Pérez did not sign a Galáctico last summer and it is very rare that they go two seasons without signing a big star, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly travelled to the south of France for negotiations with Monaco.
At some point Mbappe and Monaco will just have to say yes. The amount of money they are being offered is just too much to turn down.
The fall-out of a world record deal will be fascinating to watch. If Mbappe goes to Real Madrid, they will have to sell at least one of their stars to pay for the deal. Which means that two from karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez will have to be sold.
And what does this kind of deal mean for Real Madrid’s pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea? Could Los Blancos break the overall transfer record and the transfer record for a goalkeeper in the same season. Doubtful.
What is also the knock on effect for other strikers on the market like Alexis Sanchez, Álvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku. What price to they go for now?