Kylian Mbappe is uncertain on where he will land next season, but if one thing’s for sure: it’s that Monaco will be in on one big payday.
Fresh reports say Manchester City are breaking their piggy banks in order to beat Real Madrid’s heart-stopping offer of £160 million for the 18-year-old breakout star. According to reports, Madrid will pay Monaco £140 million for Mbappe, and will pay another £20million on add-ons.
The French international took the football world by storm last season, with his blazing speed and tantalizing skill.
Mbappe, who has already drawn comparison with French icon Thierry Henry, scored 26 goals in 44 games across all competitions last season.
His 15 league goals was second only to veteran talisman Radamel Falcao, who scored 21, and the pair led the principality side to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000.
Mbappe also impressed in European competitions, as his six goals not only helped Monaco reach the Champions League semi-final, it also made him the youngest to score that amount of goals in the premier continental competition since Real Madrid’s Raul.
Madrid are supposedly preparing for a future without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rumored to be in search of a new country to play for after he was accused of tax avoidance by Spanish officials this offseason.
The La Liga giants are said to be dangling winger Gareth Bale to Manchester United to help finance their record-smashing bid for Mbappe, whose potential transfer fee will dwarf Paul Pogba’s £89 million move to Old Trafford last season.
United boss Jose Mourinho also gave foundation to the reports, saying that the club are in pursuit of an “attacking player especially one that can play through the wings to give me more attacking options.”
Real have already sold Danilo to City, and Alvaro Morata to Chelsea to recoup enough money to buy a striker, which manager Zinedine Zidane says the club sorely need.
City, on the other hand, have already spent £217million on fees this year, and a record-breaking bid will see them breach the £350million barrier.
Pep Guardiola’s squad have already signed two key players from Monaco, acquiring defender Benjamin Mendy for £52 million and midfielder Bernardo Silva for a fee believed to be around £60 million including add-ons.
Danilo was signed for £26.5 million, Vasco Da Gama midfielder Douglas Luiz was signed for an undisclosed fee, and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker was signed for £45 million.
But they have also sold a couple of assets to balance the books, selling Olivier Ntcham to Celtic, Nolito to Sevilla, and Aleksandar Kolarov to Roma.