Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe has been at the forefront of transfer speculation all summer, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal all being linked to the teenage striker. The latest development comes from Spanish outlet Marca, who sensationally report that Real have agreed a world record fee of €180 million (£161 million) with the Ligue 1 outfit for the French international.
It is believed that it would be split between €160 million up front with a further €20 million in add-ons.
The agreement comes after the Champions League winners received €80 million (£71.6 million) following the sale of Alvaro Morata. They have long been considered as the most likely destination for the teenage striker, but they needed to bring in funds first through player sales. Zinedine Zidane has given his blessing to the transfer following meetings with the Real Madrid board and the club are now pressing head quickly to land the 18-year-old.
It is believed that the striker will be given a six-year-contract at the Bernabeu, which would see him earn €7 million-per-year. The reports regarding an agreement come only days after Monaco’s public statement against clubs making illegal approaches for the player. However, this was thought to be a threat to Manchester City rather than Real Madrid. The Premier League club are now out of the running as a move to Spain edges closer.
The report does state that the teenager wants the move to go through immediately and isn’t keen on a loan back to Monaco. If this does happen, it would be an incredible transfer and the result would be prices increasing across the board. The market was already seen as crazy, but the first deal for over £100 million would only inflate prices further.
Mpabbe is one of the best prospects that we have seen for a number of years and he has the potential to become the greatest player in the world. From what he showed at Monaco last season, he is worth this outlay. If he develops into the player that everybody thinks he will become, he will repay the fee with ease. His potential is scary and a likely partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo could be devastating over the coming years.
Here is how Twitter reacted to reports that Real Madrid had agreed a world-record fee for Kylian Mbappe:
It is being reported that Real Madrid have agreed a world record fee of €180 million for Kylian Mbappe ? pic.twitter.com/7EjmR18Nav
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) July 25, 2017
Marca – who are the best placed source for Real Madrid – are claiming they have agreed terms with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) July 25, 2017
Kylian Mbappe across all competitions for Monaco last season:
Involved in a goal once every 71.2 minutes. ? pic.twitter.com/eQ63ToR93e
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 25, 2017
Mbappe IMO is real deal, but fee (along with other world class players) makes average/poor players so overpriced it's surely unsustainable?
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) July 25, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: Florentino Pérez withdraws Real Madrid's offer for Kylian Mbappé after Phil, 46 from Staines tweets his disgust at the fee.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) July 25, 2017
Many thought the fee was way too high…
Is Mbappe really that good? I've never really seen him play but that fee is absurd
— Morata FC (@EHazardology) July 25, 2017
Even in the context of everything else that's happened this summer, that reported Mbappe fee is a little bit mindblowing.
— Joel Gregory (@J0EL_G) July 25, 2017
Manchester United fans thought it made Paul Pogba look to be a bargain…
i'm glad if Mbappe joins Real Madrid for a world record fee so i can now enjoy Pogba playing football without the bloody price tag!
— ribieisa (@biealwaysanerd) July 25, 2017
180m Mbappe. Talented. But ONE season, no CL finals, no world awards. No WC/Euro appearance. Woodward said Pogba fee wud make sense. IT DOES
— All For United (@allforunited) July 25, 2017
However, some thought Mbappe was worth the outlay:
At 18 years of age, Mbappé’s numbers are the best since the Brazilian Ronaldo. €180m is a risk worth taking, simple as that.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) July 25, 2017
160 mill for Mbappe is worth it he's 18/19 in a few years he'll win the Ballon D'or
— Armo #NH69?? (@Jordan_Armo) July 25, 2017