Real Madrid are convinced they could secure a world record €180m deal with Monaco for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe after reportedly reaching the basis of an agreement with the Ligue 1 Champions.
However, Monaco has since denied having agreed to the deal.
Marca reported that Real and Monaco had agreed, in principle, a deal worth €160m, plus a further €20m in objectives, which Monaco denied in a another report published on the French newspaper Nice-Matin.
Nonetheless, the Spanish and European champions insist that they are optimistic that a definitive deal is close, and that Mbappe would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a year.
Madrid would also have the financial capital to support this bid after having raised more than €100m in sales this summer, with Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo signing for Manchester City, while James Rodríguez joining Bayern Munich on loan.
Amongst those in Real who had shown interest in signing Mbappe was club president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane, although the former did admit that Mbappe’s move to the Spanish giants does not guarantee him a first-team spot in the squad.
Zidane, who also had previously shown interest in signing his French compatriot Mbappe, admitted that he was one striker short after the exit of Morata, but he insisted that he was not requesting any signings, he also added that “Anything can happen between now and 31 August” — the date in which the summer transfer window will be closed.
On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco, who reached last season’s Champions League semi-final and won the French title, have made more than £300m in transfers after selling 13 players such as Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, who joined City for £43.6m and £52m respectively, and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who cost Chelsea £39.7m.