Gareth Bale would be the most likely Real Madrid to star to leave the Bernabeu should Zinedine Zidane’s men sign Kylian Mbappe, according to reports in France.
The Monaco teenage sensation has been strongly linked with a move to the La Liga champions in what would likely be a world record transfer.
According to L’Equipe, Zidane and Florentino Perez met with Mbappe last week for a ‘secret conversation’ as they looked to convince the 18-year-old to join them in Spain, with the pair telling the Monaco man that they would be willing to let go of one of their big-name players leave the club to ensure he had more playing time.
Any of the three players of the BBC frontline of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema could leave this summer, but according to L’Equipe, the Welshman would be the most likely to depart.
And that could be good news for Manchester United, who may now be ready to firm up their long-standing interest in the former Tottenham man, who left for Madrid in 2013.
One person though that thinks that Mbappe should spend another year at Monaco is former France international David Ginola who told TalkSport:
“Mbappe has everything, already, at a very young age.
“He was very consistent for Monaco last season, and that was probably the biggest surprise. We knew of his quality, but he was surprising us every week with technique, his skill, his power and his pace…and I think the best is yet to come.
“There have been instances in the past with Anthony Martial moving to Manchester United and honestly, staying another season at Monaco will probably be a good thing for him, just for him to settle at the top level a little bit more.
“Sometimes you see young players leaving their home to go somewhere bigger and they didn’t succeed because it’s too complicated and it’s too much pressure.
“Kylian Mbappe seems to have the right people around him. His dad and his agent are good advisors, so I guess he’s going to make the right choice.
“But the thing is, when there is so much money on the table it’s not only about you, the club would be thinking twice about it.
“Apparently they want to put a lot of money on the table to keep him for another year, so we have to wait and see.
“We’re talking about Monaco. It’s a great city to live, but it’s not the biggest stadium around and a player like him would have interest in playing for Real Madrid or in the Premier League – for big clubs in big competitions.
“Monaco won the league this season and they did great in the Champions League, but Mbappe has so many opportunities in front of him.”