Real Madrid are ready to make a statement ‘Galatico’ signing this summer after the Spanish giants ‘make a world-record €280 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.’ That would smash the world transfer record, topping the €222m PSG themselves paid Barça for Neymar in 2017.
PSG are said to be reluctant to sell Mbappe as they want him to be the face of this squad but selling the best young player in world football would allow them to remove the shadow of FFP hanging over their head.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret as to his desires to overhaul the playing squad to bridge the growing gap to rivals, both domestically and in Europe.
The record fee for Mbappe, according to France Football, would be the first piece for Madrid in a summer where they hope to secure Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba to link up with Mbappe.
Mbappe’s stock has continued to rise since swapping Monaco for PSG in 2017 in a move that cost the French champions upwards of £150m.
Frenchman Zidane, according to the report, is keen for the talented 20-year-old to become the figurehead for Madrid with major changes planned for the squad with Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Isco and Karim Benzema among those who could depart.
At just 20, Mbappe has played a key role in winning the World Cup and has scored 94 goals for PSG and France alone.
Real Madrid were keen on the player when he was ready to leave Monaco and they now appear ready to test PSG’s resolve with an eye-watering world-record bid.
Mbappe’s 30 goals in Ligue 1 this season saw him equal Thierry Henry’s record of the most goals scored by a Frenchman in a single season in the league.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer to Juventus severely impacted Madrid as they struggled to replace the sheer number of goals he provided across all competitions.
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