Earlier today, Spanish newspaper Marca broke the huge story that Real Madrid have agreed a world record fee with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbappé for €180million.
Since then however, Monaco have told both Sky Sports News in England and Nice-Matin in France that these reports are false – no fee has been agreed.
It is quite possible that Madrid are working on a deal for the prodigious 18-year-old, having raised a small fortune from the sales of Álvaro Morata to Chelsea and Danilo to Manchester City, but not for the first time Marca may have jumped the gun in bigging up their beloved club.
And while Marca claimed that Pep Guardiola made Mbappé hesitate on a decision until the end, from France there is a different story. le10sport report today that Man City are still in the race for Mbappé with Real Madrid, and that it is a straight fight between the clubs for his signature, with PSG and Liverpool now out of the running.
Mbappé is hesitating on a move to Santiago Bernabéu out of fear that he’d be blocked by the BBC (Bale – Benzema – Cristiano), none of whom look to be leaving in the transfer window, despite Ronaldo’s petulant threat to quit earlier in the summer.
Madrid have sent James Rodríguez packing to Bayern Munich, which would mean one less player to compete with for an attacking position, but contrary to what Marca report, le10sport say Zinedine Zidane must quickly convince Mbappé to join Los Blancos.
That is because Manchester City are on the offensive and are holding ‘intense discussions’ with Monaco about signing a third player from the principality club this summer, following the acquisitions of Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy.
Like Madrid, City are ready to offer a record fee to Monaco for Mbappé and at the same time, Pep Guardiola is ‘doing everything possible’ to convince the teenager, offering him optimal sporting and financial conditions to move to the Etihad.
A definitive outcome and decision on Kylian Mbappé’s future is expected by the end of the week, and while realistically Real Madrid may be in pole position after today’s news, from France there is a belief that Manchester City are still in with a chance of signing football’s most sought-after player.