Real Madrid agree €180m deal for Kylian Mbappé
The teenage striker is set to join the Spanish giants ahead of Manchester City or Arsenal
AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is set to complete a switch to Real Madrid for a world record fee. Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Getty Images
Real Madrid believe that they are close to smashing the transfer world record for the 18-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappé, after reportedly reaching the basis of an agreement with AS Monaco that would see him head to the Santiago Bernabéu for a total fee of €180m (£161m). Monaco, though, have denied that they have agreed to the transfer.
The Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Madrid and Monaco had agreed, in principle, a deal worth €160m plus a further €20m in objectives. Although Monaco denied that to the French newspaper Nice Matin, sources at the Spanish club insist that are optimistic that a definitive deal is close. Mbappé would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a year.
Madrid have raised over €100m in sales this summer, with Álvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo signing for Manchester City, while James Rodríguez has gone to Bayern Munich on loan. If the deal is finalised, it would mean that Monaco, who reached last year’s Champions League semi-final, have made more than £300m in transfers. Among the 13 players who have already departed are Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy who joined City for £43.6m and £52m respectively, and Tiemoué Bakayoko cost Chelsea £39.7m.
Zinedine Zidane admitted that he was a striker short following Morata’s departure, only to insist the next day that he was not requesting any signings. He did, though, add: “Anything can happen between now and 31 August”.
It is not so much Morata’s departure that made Mbappé a target though; indeed, Morata’s determination to depart was based, in part, on the belief that not only did he have Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema ahead of him but that a move for the Monaco striker would follow. Florentino Pérez, the Madrid president, has made little secret of his liking for the Frenchman.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal had all expressed an interest in the player, whose father has been handling negotiations. Although Mbappé’s preference was Real Madrid, the club he supports, there were doubts about the opportunities he would be given at the Bernabéu, despite assurances that he would play. He had been told that there would be departures that would facilitate his involvement as they sought to convince him.