Kylian Mbappe could be on the verge of the biggest transfer in the world Image: AFP
Spanish football giants Real Madrid are reportedly set to smash the world record transfer fee and pay 180 million euros (around $210 million) for Monaco's 18-year-old French international striker, Kylian Mbappe, according to sources in the Spanish press.
According to a report by Spanish sports paper Marca, the transfer would see Madrid make an initial down payment of 160 million euros (around $186.48 million), with a further 20 million euros (around $23.31 million) in add-ons as Mbappe continues his Madrid career
Kylian Mbappe across all competitions for Monaco last season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 25, 2017
Involved in a goal once every 71.2 minutes. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/eQ63ToR93e
If the deal goes through, it would smash the current 105 million euros (around $122.38) that English Premier League club Manchester United spent to sign Paul Pogba last summer, although the world record may not last for long if Paris Saint Germain push ahead with their attempts to buy Barcelona striker, Neymar Junior for a possible 222 million euros (around $259 million).
Real Madrid offer €180m for Kylian Mbappe! pic.twitter.com/WL4ZQ8QV0n— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) July 25, 2017
Marca say Mbappe will sign a six-year deal and earn an estimated seven million euros (around $8.15 million) a season.
The teenage striker had a sensational breakout year in the 2016-17 season, helping Monaco to an unexpected semi-final place in last season's Champions League and he was the object of desire of several other clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal.
Kylian Mbappé, the biggest talent in the world. pic.twitter.com/RXAqp2n5uW— Greed (@GreedMB) July 25, 2017
The departure of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for around 60 million euros (around $69.93 million) leaves Madrid looking for another striker, but although Morata was willing in the short term to wait his chance, it is unlikely Mbappe will be willing to do the same.
So if the deal does happen, the future of either Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema in the Spanish capital could be on the line between now and the end of August.
(With inputs from IANS)