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
— ar (@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!
— Camila Cabiello (@ribieisa) 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
Should Monaco’s Thomas Lemar opt for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal?
With just hours left of the summer transfer window, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar has a decision to make. The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal have made a £90 million offer, whilst the London Evening Standard say that Liverpool are still prepared to pay over £70 million for the 21-year-old.
Goal claimed this morning that Lemar has made it clear to Monaco that he wishes to move to Anfield, but now with the choice of Merseyside or the Emirates, he will have to choose between Liverpool and Arsenal.
In the short term, the most obvious factors would suggest that Liverpool would be the better move. A squad full of young players signing improvements seems a much happier place to be than Arsenal, who are seeing an exodus of their key talent after the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Alexis Sanchez potentially following in his footsteps.
The Reds also boast Champions League football this season, something that the Gunners cannot. It is hard to see why Lemar would abandon a Champions League campaign with Monaco to join Arsenal, who are far from certain to qualify next season either, even if they do sign Lemar.
The lure of playing under Jurgen Klopp may be more appealing than Arsene Wenger too. Whilst Wenger is a popular figure in France, he lacks the energy and the track record of having developed players in recent years that Klopp has. It was a key part of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move, and Lemar may be thinking along the same lines.
With Liverpool yet to match Arsenal’s bid, it seems that he may not even have the choice. Monaco are clearly prepared to hold out for a high price, and if the Gunners meet that then it will put huge pressure on Liverpool to match the £90 million bid. If they refuse to do so, Lemar may well opt to stay at Monaco and pursue a move in January or next summer if he doesn’t want to drop out of the Champions League.
Is Monaco’s Thomas Lemar good enough to replace Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal?
Arsenal have revived their interest in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar as they eye up potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez. The Daily Mail say that the Gunners have launched a £90 million bid for the Frenchman.
The role of replacing the Chilean would be a huge weight upon the 21-year-old’s shoulders, particularly after just one season at the very highest level. However, he has already shown in his short career that he will not shy away from a challenge. His fine form for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed that much.
Lemar is very much a player of a similar mould to the current Arsenal number seven. Both players have immense technical ability and love to dribble with the ball. Lemar’s pace and drive down the flanks is one of his biggest assets and few full-backs know how to handle his trickery.
He is also a good deliverer of the ball. His crossing is almost unrivaled in Ligue Un, and with centre forwards like Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck feeding off his chances in the middle, he could become a prolific assister for the Gunners.
Like Sanchez, Lemar is also capable of playing in a number of different roles. Usually, again like the Arsenal man, he plays on the left wing or left hand side of a front three. However, he can also play on the right or behind a central striker. At times he has even featured as a centre forward.
With youth on his side, some could easily argue that by signing Lemar to replace Sanchez, the Gunners would only be replacing the former Barcelona man with a younger version of himself. Lemar has many of the same attributes and will look to one day reach the level of consistency and quality that Sanchez has produced, and if he can then he will more than justify a £90 million fee.
Three possible destinations for Liverpool’s Divock Origi before the transfer deadline
It is looking increasingly likely that Divock Origi will be on the move before the transfer deadline. Liverpool are making significant moves to strengthen their current squad and that could provide an opportunity to the Belgian, as it is clear he needs regular first-team football. That is unlikely to come at Anfield, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long-term future with the club. If he does well elsewhere, he will return as an improved player and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Here are three possible destinations for the 22-year-old:
The Telegraph report that the Belgian could be included as part of the deal to sign Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The Ligue 1 champions are interested in the Liverpool striker and the Reds could use that to help them land their priority attacking target. If this was where Origi landed, it could potentially be a permanent deal.
This would be an exciting move for the striker and offer him the opportunity to play regularly in a Champions League team. Monaco have remodelled themselves as the club for young players to develop and earn moves to the top of the European game. This summer has underlined that. If Origi moved to the Stade Louis II, he would get regular starts and play in a team that would allow him to express himself.
The report linked above mentions that Inter Milan are interested in the forward and this would provide an interesting option for Origi. It does look like the club are set for a good season under Luciano Spalletti. The sale of Stevan Jovetic means they need to sign another striker to provide competition for Mauro Icardi.
Serie A is a league that Origi has never played in and it would be a positive learning experience if he was to join Inter Milan. They play an exciting brand of attacking football and create lots of chances, which would give him the opportunity to score goals. However, he would be playing second fiddle to Icardi and he might struggle for regular game-time.
There is plenty of Premier League interest in Origi, but the most appealing option could be Newcastle United. He would get the opportunity to play under Rafa Benitez and would be the main man in the team, starting nearly every game. The stadium and support could also play a part in convincing the Belgian to move north.
It is well known that Benitez wants to make signings before the deadline and the Mail report they are ready to sell Dwight Gayle to raise much-needed funds. This would only happen if they manage to source a replacement and the Chronicle report the club have an interest in Origi. If the Magpies did pull the deal off, it would be a huge coup for them on their return to the top-flight.
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