Real Madrid Smash Transfer Record Again, Agree £160m Fee for Kylian Mbappe: Reports
In a deal that will send shock waves around the world of football, Spanish giants Real Madrid have agreed a fee to sign Monaco superstar Kylian Mbappe, according to Spanish media reports.
File image of France striker Kylian Mbappe. (Getty Images)
In a deal that will send shock waves around the world of football, Spanish giants Real Madrid have agreed a fee to sign Monaco superstar Kylian Mbappe from Monaco FC, according to Spanish media reports.
The Los Blancos have agreed a deal in principle to bring the 18-year-old French wonder-kid to the Santiago Bernabeu, for a world record transfer fee of 160 million pounds. In is being said that Mbappe will sign a six-year contract with Real and will pocket a cool £241,000 per week.
The likes of Barcelona, PSG, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal were all after the Frenchman's signature, but it seems that the reigning European champions have beaten them to it.
Mbappe broke onto the scene in the 2015-16 season but it was his last season with the French club that really caught the imagination of the biggest football clubs in the world. The youngster scored 26 goals in 44 appearance for Monaco in the 2016-17 season which made him one of the most sought after players in the world.
Real Madrid had earlier tried to sign the player in the January transfer window as as well but Mbappe's representatives weren't in favour of the deal, citing concerns about his playing time in Madrid. However, since then, Madrid have let go of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata and now they are in dire need of a world class striker.
Just to put things into perspective, the most expensive player in terms of transfer fee currently is Mbappe's French teammate Paul Pogba, who signed for Manchester United in the last summer transfer window for 89 million pounds.
Mbappe's reported transfer fee will eclipse Pogba's by a whopping 70 million pounds. But Real Madrid are not new to breaking transfer records as so far they have broken it as many as six times.
In 2000, Real set the record by signing Portuguese Luis Figo for 37 million pounds from Clasico rivals Barcelona. While in the subsequent year, Zinedine Zidane left Juventus for Madrid in a deal worth 46 million pounds.
In 2009, Real broke the transfer fee record twice with Kaka (50 million pounds from Milan) and then Cristiano Ronaldo (80 million pounds from Manchester Uuited). In 2013, the Los Blancos once again showed their buying prowess when they landed Gareth Bale from Tottenham for 85 million pounds.
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