Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement with AS Monaco over a world record €180 million deal for Kylian Mbappe.
According to a report by Spanish publication MARCA, Real Madrid are set to shatter the world transfer record this summer by completing the signing of Kylian Mbappe. Los Blancos have reached a principle agreement with AS Monaco for the transfer of the 18-year-old in a €180 million deal.
Mbappe is, perhaps, the single hottest property in world football at the present moment, having enjoyed a sensational rise to prominence this past season. Still in his teens, the player has the world at his feet, with the who’s who in Europe circling around him to secure his services, and it’s not surprising.
Mbappe boasts an incredible record for what was only his second season of senior football in 2016/17. The player made 44 appearances in all competitions for the principality club last season, turning in a return of 26 goals and 14 assists – truly stunning numbers for a player whose career is still in its infancy.
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But while the best clubs in Europe are hot in pursuit of the teenage prodigy, Real Madrid have been leading the race to sign him for a long time now. Los Blancos have now stepped up their pursuit of the player following the departure of Alvaro Morata last week.
Morata’s exit leaves Zinedine Zidane with Karim Benzema as his only recognised option up front, with the inexperienced Borja Mayoral being the French striker’s deputy. With Benzema experiencing a slump in form last season, the need to sign a top attacking player is urgent for the Real Madrid boss.
Indeed, Zidane has also gone on to publicly state that Real Madrid are in the market for a striker and Mbappe, with his pace and trickery is a viable target. Moreover, at 18, he can offer several years of top level football at the Bernabeu.
The report suggests that Real Madrid are now on the cusp of bringing the teenager to the Spanish capital having reached an agreement with Monaco for his transfer. The deal will shatter the world transfer record that Manchester United set when they signed Paul Pogba last season, with a €180 million fee set to be agreed.
Real Madrid will pay €160 million up front, with the remaining €20 million being add ons, while Mbappe is set to pocket €7 million per year as part of a six-year contract. Thus, it looks like Mbappe is set to become the marquee signing that Real Madrid supporters have been yearning for.