REAL SET TO SIGN MBAPPE FOR A WORLD-RECORD DEAL
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.