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
Will Liverpool regret missing out on Thomas Lemar last summer as Atletico agree deal?
Liverpool’s long-spanning target is set for a move to Spain.
Atletico Madrid are said to have agreed a deal with Monaco to sign French winger Thomas Lemar this summer, according to a statement from the official club website, which will leave a number of Premier League sides feeling disappointed.
The 22-year-old is currently away on international duty ahead of the World Cup, but both clubs are reportedly keen on finalising the transfer before then, according to Sky Sports.
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool, who have closely courted the player for a number of years – notably throughout last season – with reports from the Express suggesting Lemar had chosen a move to Merseyside over Arsenal in January.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly made a £55 million bid for the player’s services last summer, but Monaco were unwilling to lose more key members of the team, having already lost Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain. That meant Lemar and new Reds midfielder Fabinho had to remain at the Stade Louis II for an extra season.
The Reds were likely to revisit their interest in Lemar this summer (the Express), after the collapse of Nabil Fekir’s highly anticipated switch, as Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options having been reminded that squad depth is a powerful thing in the Champions League final.
Rumours surrounding the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri (the Mirror) and Ousmane Dembele (the Express) suggest Liverpool are still prioritising bringing in high-profile attackers and Lemar certainly belongs in that bracket.
His best return came a year ago, with the former Caen forward amassing an impressive 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, sparking the initial interest from Europe’s elite.
A year on, the Europa League champions appear to have won the race, and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere.
Manuel Pellegrini should plot Stevan Jovetic return at West Ham
West Ham should bring another marquee striker to the London Stadium this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini has been tasked with bringing attacking and progressive football back to West Ham next term, with fans bemoaning the style of play under recent managers. And he will look to the summer transfer window to bring in top quality talent capable of ushering in what he hopes will be his dynasty in east London.
Pellegrini will want an added goalscorer in the ranks at the London Stadium, whether top-scorer Marco Arnautovic leaves for Manchester United or not (Sky Sports), as the side were seriously lacking attacking depth last season, with the likes of Andy Carroll now seemingly on borrowed time.
The Chilean coach should look to reunite with his former Manchester City super-sub Stevan Jovetic this summer, after signing him to the Premier League champions back in 2013/14.
Jovetic has shown he hasn’t lost his clinical edge, bagging 10 goals and three assists in just 21 appearances, although he has failed to fully cement himself as Monaco’s first team striker with known injury problems persisting throughout the season.
However, the risk is worth taking for Pellegrini. Jovetic would be something of a marquee signing at West Ham and would instantly bring an air of excitement among the support, that’s been largely absent since the departure of Dimitri Payet in 2016/17.
With the current names touted for potential moves to the Hammers this summer, most notably; Javier Pastore, Felipe Anderson, Yaya Toure and William Carvalho, the club could be an entirely different animal in the near future and could begin setting loftier targets.
There’s no doubting the club belongs at higher levels, and Jovetic’s presence would bolster their chances of achieving bigger ambitions. Having joined Monaco for £9 million last summer, it’s likely Pellegrini could engineer a bargain for the 27-year-old also, as rival teams continue spending well above on lesser players.
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.
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