Real Madrid are reported to be in advanced talks with Monaco to sign their wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe on a transfer that that would worth £160 million (€179 million), a world record for a football player. At the moment Monaco are denying that an agreement for 18-year-old forward has been reached.
The money are obviously no issue for the major European football clubs who are turning a wonderful game into a grotesque luxury. If Mbappe deal is done, it is only a matter of time for either Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea or any other club who’s willing to splash money, to set another transfer record.
It is hard to believe that Real Madrid have sold an established top striker, who came from their youth team like Morata, just to make a hazardous investment into the 18-year-old Mbappe, who has only one season, playing at the top level in the French Ligue 1.
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Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who usually operate wide on the their attack, and Karim Benzema who plays as No 9. The Champions League winners have just sold Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for £58 million. If they bring Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu, they’d probably need to offload some of their offensive players, as no one of Real star players would be happy to sit on the bench in favour of the 18-year-old Mbappe.
Los Blancos have also players like Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Marco Arsensio, who play in offensive positions – either as offensive central midfielders or in the flanks. Real Madrid have also bought Dani Ceballos from Betis, who is one of the most promising central midfielders in the Spanish and European football.
Money-wise the Madrid club shouldn’t have any issues to finance a potential Mbappe deal, as they have sold Alvaro Morata and Danilo and sent James Rodriguez on loan to Bayern Munich. However, football-wise Los Blancos would need to deal with unhappy star players in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, if any of them is left on the bench to clear space for Mbappe in the starting eleven.
It is possible that Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid management already know that at least one more of their star players would be transfered out this summer and therefore they are willing to bring Mbappe as a replacement.
“Anything can happen between now and 31 August”, said Zidane and has also confirmed that Real is short on strikers after the Alvaro Morata’s departure.