Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing a pre-contract agreement with Kylian Mbappe, after failing to secure his services this past summer.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid are set to get into work when it comes to reaching a pre-contract agreement with Kylian Mbappe ahead of next summer’s transfer window. After failing to sign him this past summer, Los Blancos intend to tie him down at the turn of the year to avoid being beaten to his signature.

By now, it is pretty much an open secret that Real Madrid are desperate to get their hands on Kylian Mbappe. The Spanish giants have been hot on the trails of the French attacking powerhouse pretty much since he broke out at AS Monaco nearly half a decade ago, although Paris Saint-Germain managed to sign him in the summer of 2017 instead.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid have never ended their interest in the 22-year-old, having battled hard to secure his services in the summer transfer window, only to receive a stern no from PSG every single time. In fact, at two different points of the summer, it was speculated that Real Madrid would have their bid accepted only to eventually miss out on signing him.

In the end, the Merengues had no option but to call off their pursuit of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner for now, as PSG stood strong. The French heavyweights, meanwhile, can enjoy one season with a formidable attacking trio comprising of Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Set to don the whites of Real Madrid next year? (Photo by Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Set to don the whites of Real Madrid next year? (Photo by Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

However, Mbappe is reportedly intent on running out his contract at Parc des Princes, which in turn gives Real Madrid a massive boost. In fact, there have been suggestions that his relationship with sporting director Leonardo and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has deteriorated considerably.

As for Real Madrid, they can finally sign a long-term successor for Cristiano Ronaldo, after seeing Karim Benzema do the bulk of the goalscoring in the last three years. And they now intent to reach a pre-contract agreement with Mbappe as soon as January 1.

Mbappe will indeed be free to negotiate with foreign clubs at the turn of the year, seeing as he is in the final year of his contract with PSG. So, in the end, the situation might as well work out for the better for Real Madrid in the long run, as signing Mbappe on a free transfer would enable them to concentrate their funds on other targets next summer.

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