Manchester City and Real Madrid have created a bidding war for 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe with over $200 million dollars on the table. Both are desperate to conclude a deal.
Meanwhile Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Real and Monaco have an agreement in principle, but City is willing to match and beat any offer, which would break Manchester United’s Paul Pogba world record deal of $116 million last summer.
But Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has no intentions in cashing on a world record fee for the Frenchman.
Reported by Get French Football, Vasilyev said of Mbappe:
“We have received important offers for Mbappe.
“I assure you that there is no agreement with any club.
“We are in the process of discussing a contract extension. I hope we can reach an agreement.”
City have already signed Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, which could sway Mbappe’s final decision if he has a choice between the two clubs.
Real have already sold Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and Danilo to City this summer to fund a move for Mbappe, and manager Zinedine Zidane admits they need a new striker.
But City are ready to move now despite spending more than $200 million on new signings already this season. Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Mbappe.
On Thursday, Monaco has threatened to report any club that make an approach for Mbappe without their permission.