Manchester City are in talks to sign Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappé in what would be a world record deal, according to many reports tonight.
Breaking the story was Sam Lee at Goal, who reports that City have been in contact with Monaco over the past 24 hours to try and beat Real Madrid to the signing of 18-year-old Mbappé.
City have formally approached the principality club and are now waiting for a response from Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.
City believe that Real Madrid need to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United before they can make an official approach for Mbappé, who, it was reported by le10sport earlier today, is concerned that he’d be blocked by the BBC (Bale – Benzema – Cristiano) were he to move to the Santiago Bernabéu.
Of interest, the word from Spain is similar, with Melchor Ruiz of Cadena COPE saying Madrid would need to sell one of the BBC, most likely Gareth Bale, to move for Mbappé.
.@melchorcope:"Se tendrían que dar muchas circunstancias para que llegue Mabppé. Que se venda a Bale, pero eso el Madrid no lo baraja"
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) July 25, 2017
City are moving quickly to try and push through a deal for Mbappé that would smash the world transfer record and see the most sought-after young player in years arrive at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola has personally discussed the City project with the youngster and outlined the sporting project he would be involved in.
The Blues have not forgotten about Alexis Sanchez and remain determined to sign him, but Arsenal’s stubbornness and refusal to do a deal has City discussing the possibility of signing the Chilean on a free transfer next year.