The big news of the day is that Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a world-record fee of €180million to sign teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé from Monaco
According to Marca, the two clubs have reached an agreement in principle and the fee will pulverize all records in the history of football, with the Spanish giants paying €160million up front with €20million to follow in bonuses.
It wasn’t an easy task for Madrid though, with Marca reporting that Pep Guardiola made 18-year-old Mbappé hesitate until the ‘last minute’, by promising he would be a big part of the redeveloped Manchester City side were he to choose the Etihad over the Bernabéu.
Guardiola has great persuasive powers, as he showed last year when he convinced Gabriel Jesus to reject the Spanish giants and others to join City. And he spoke several times with Mbappé and his family, something that Monaco have not taken kindly to, as their recent threat to report clubs, one of them allegedly City, to FIFA.
Mbappé had his doubts over which club to join after speaking to Pep, who said he would be part of a team fighting for the Premier League and Champions League, but in the end the French youngster chose a side he has been dreaming of since childhood, and unless of any great surprises will soon be playing his football in the white of Real Madrid.
It should be noted that Marca is the Real Madrid mouthpiece newspaper, and until others back up the claims of an agreed fee, it may not be a sure thing. Sky Sports and Nice-Matin have already contested reports of a fee being agreed.