Real Madrid is heating up the race for the French rising star Kylian Mbappe, allegedly preparing to pay a world record transfer fee in order to get him with two years left on his Monaco contract. The 18-year-old French footballer of Cameroonian-Algerian descent is currently valued by Monaco at 130 million euros, and would prefer to sell him this summer if at all due to his high demand. Mbappe scored 26 goals last season to help Monaco earn its first Ligue 1 title in 17 years. Real Madrid’s biggest competition for Mbappe is Paris Saint-Germain currently.
For Mbappe to enter the Real Madrid starting lineup, he will have to compete against stalwarts Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for a roster spot. Real Madrid got the La Liga and Champions League titles in the same season, so Mbappe would have to truly impress to make the roster completely change. There is also the case of Ronaldo, who said he wanted to leave Spanish football due to lack of support from Real Madrid over his ongoing case with the Spanish government over alleged tax fraud between 2011 and 2014; having Mbappe as a fallback would be a great boon to Real Madrid’s comfort with Ronaldo’s absence. In fact, the rumors coming out of Madrid are that Ronaldo has expressed his annoyance at manager Zinedine Zidane for saying that Mbappe is a Ballon d’Or winner in the making. Manchester United, his former club, and Paris Saint-German are early frontrunners if Ronaldo indeed decides to move on, but no serious discussions have been made as to his acquisition so far.
In addition, Mbappe has to hope James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata sign elsewhere quickly so that Real Madrid can open up the necessary funds to acquire him. Morata was initially expected to sign with Chelsea, but after their club record acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, Morata’s fate is now unclear.