Real Madrid Close to Finalize a World Record Deal with Mbappe: Reports

Real Madrid is close to clinch a world deal with Monaco for teenage striker Kylian Mbappe for €180 million (US$210 million), according to some reports.

Mbappe shot to stardom last season, and is currently under contract at Monaco until 2019.

Last season, he scored 26 goals and added eight assists to help Monaco crowned Ligue 1 champions and advance to the last four of the Champions League. In March this year, Mbappe became the second youngest player to play for France. He made his debut against Luxembourg.

Some of Europe’s top clubs have been trying to woo Mbappe so hard for the past few months that Monaco had to warn that it would report to FIFA about them.

“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappé and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website.

According to Spanish sports daily Marca, Mbappe will join Real Madrid on a six year deal, Marca cited sources close to the negotiations. Marca said that Real has offered to pay between €150-€160 million and incentives of between €20 million and €30 million for Mbappe. Some sources in Spain claimed that Mbappe will sign a £120,000-a-week deal.

If Marca are right, Mbappe is turning down a much bigger offer by signing for Real Madrid on £120k a week. PSG were offering £200k a week

— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 25, 2017

However, there some conflicting reports. French newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin stated that such reports have been denied by Monaco. Sky Sports also stated that Monaco have denied any such deal.

Monaco say no deal agreed to sell Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid for world record £161m

— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 25, 2017

It is believed that Mbappe have had a several conversations over the move with Zidane on the phone.

Last year, Manchester United had paid f €105 million to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Earlier, some reports had surfaced suggesting that Barcelona’s 25-year-old Brazilian superstar Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain were close to sign a world record €222 million deal.

Real Madrid is currently touring the United States. On Wednesday, it will play against Manchester City in Los Angeles. Last week, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that Real were short one attacker after Morata’s departure.

“I am not saying we are lacking a centre forward but we are short of one attacker, that’s how things are,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

“We will see how we will manage that.”

Talking about Mbappe last week, Zidane said to ESPN: “He is very good.”

“He is a talent, he is 18 years old, he has personality.”

“He is very good, very good as a player and has shown it all year.”