According to reports in The Sun over the past day, Manchester City are set to enter a massive race with Spanish giants Real Madrid over the summer to sign Monaco wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe.
Reports suggest that both teams are locked in a battle for the 18-year-old forward in a deal that could be worth a world record transfer fee of up to £110 million – eclipsing Paul Pogba’s deal last year.
It is believed that the two sides are the only clubs that have shown official interest in Mbappe so far despite rivals Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain also monitoring the situation.
Monaco allegedly are looking to cash in on the youngster this summer whilst his transfer fee rockets through the ceiling, and bring him back in on-loan for a year – but this might not be possible.
Mbappe scored in each leg as Monaco knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League quarter-final stage, and the teenager has amassed 13 goals in 24 Ligue One appearances this season.
One attacking player who Mbappe could potentially line-up with next season is Spanish winger Jesus Navas, with Goal claiming that he has been offered a new deal at the Etihad.
The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to boyhood club Sevilla over the past few weeks but it appears that City manager Pep Guardiola has done a U-turn on the Spaniard’s future.
The report claims that Navas has been given the chance to extend his current deal – which is due to expire this summer – by another season after a string of tidy performances as a right-wing back.
Speaking about Navas at the end of April, Guardiola said:
“I’m really impressed with his performances as a full-back. He’s a guy who can go up and down, he’s not just a fast player.
“He can do it many times, look at the balls he’s saved. We cannot forget he played against [Eden] Hazard, he played against Alexis [Sanchez] and he was brilliant.
“Now he can play again and again because he’s convinced me he can do it at a high level.”
Navas has appeared 21 times in the Premier League this season – including 12 starts – and played five times in the Champions League group-stages as City eventually lost out to semi-finalists Monaco.
Meanwhile, exciting Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg has dismissed claims that he will be moving to either Manchester City or Manchester United this summer, claiming it’s too soon in his career.
Dolberg is one of Europe’s most highly-rated youngsters after being scouted by the same man at Ajax that found Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Eriksen, but he has played down a move to England just yet.
Talking to FourFourTwo, Dolberg said:
“It’s too big a step to go to City or United now. It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future.
“I haven’t got a dream league. When I was young it was Barcelona [that was my favourite team], but once I got older I didn’t have one.”
The 19-year-old hit a hat-trick back in November that made him the youngest non-Dutch player to do so at Ajax, and he’s continued his fine start to life in Holland with 14 goals so far this season.
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