REAL SET TO SIGN MBAPPE FOR A WORLD-RECORD DEAL

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Madrid, Spain - Real Madrid has reached agree­ment to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for a world record US$210mn, Span­ish me­dia re­ported on Tues­day.

Sports daily Marca, cit­ing sources close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions, said the teenage striker is ex­pected to join­ing Real "in the next few days" on a six-year deal.

French news­pa­pers Le Parisien and Nice Matin said Monaco had de­nied the re­port.

But Marca in­sisted that Real is set to pay be­tween US$ 175-187mn with add-ons of be­tween US$23mn-35mn, dwarf­ing the cur­rent world trans­fer record of US$123mn Manch­ester United paid to lure Paul Pogba from Ju­ven­tus last year. Real is look­ing to fill the void left by Al­varo Mo­rata who joined English Premier League cham­pi­ons Chelsea last Fri­day.

If he does ar­rive at Zine­dine Zi­dane's Euro­pean cham­pion the 18 year old will be on a net an­nual salary of “eight mil­lion” dol­lars, Marca said.

Mbappe, un­der con­tract at Monaco un­til 2019, has been wooed by some of Europes' top clubs, in­clud­ing Monaco's arch French League ri­vals Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Last week Monaco is­sued a warn­ing to the likes of Real and

PSG to lay off its star­let.

"Top Euro­pean football clubs made con­tact with Kylian Mbappé and his en­tourage with­out our au­tho­ri­sa­tion," Monaco said on its web­site.

The club said it wanted to re­mind these clubs that such ac­tions are con­trary to French and in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions.

Mbappe scored six goals in ten Cham­pi­ons League out­ings and 15 in French League as he ex­ploded onto the scene in the sec­ond half of last sea­son.

On Mon­day Monaco lost full­back Ben­jamin Mendy to Manch­ester City in a world record US$67mn deal for a de­fender.

Kylian Mbappe

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