According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are close to sealing the world record transfer of AS Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe for a staggering fee of £161m. Monaco have come out strongly, denying any possible agreement but reports in Marca and the Guardian claim that the transfer remains a mere formality. The fee would easily smash the earlier transfer record which Manchester United had paid Juventus to sign French midfielder Paul Pogba. United had paid £89m to sign to procure the services of the French midfielder.
Kylian Mbappe has broken into the scenes with his stunning performances for AS Monaco in the 2016-17 season, in which he scored 26 goals in all competition for the Principality-based outfit. He was widely hailed as the most talented youngster in the world with his style of play drawing comparisons to Thierry Henry and Ronaldo. His strike partnership with Falcao led to AS Monaco playing an attacking brand of football, wowing one and all, which culminated in a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for AS Monaco. They also won the Ligue 1.
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has just said that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is working on a possibility to bring in AS Monaco's 18-year-old hotshot Kylian Mbappe at the Etihad.
The recently capped French international has grabbed a lot of attention thanks to his brilliant performance last season, which saw him scoring 15 goals and 8 assists in Ligue 1. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid have been branded as the firm favourites in landing him, but Monaco are deemed on losing him.
French champions AS Monaco have rejected Real Madrid's world record fee of around €120 million euros (£103m) for their 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe, as per the reports from Daily Telegraph.
Touted as the next Thierry Henry, Mbappe has been a complete revelation for AS Monaco this season. In just 28 Ligue 1 appearances this season, the 18-year-old has bagged 15 goals and also has 8 assists to his name. In all competition though, he has scored a whopping 26 goals and this has seen him become one of the most wanted entities in footballing market.
A couple of days back, Spanish news outlet Marca reported that Liverpool launched a £64 million bid for teenage sensation, but the Les Monégasques firmly rejected the offer. Besides both Real Madrid and Liverpool, Mbappe has earned a lot of recognition with his brilliant performance this season, and for the right reasons. His clever and marauding runs, cracking up the defensive solidity of the opponent, and his finishing techniques have seen him being compared to some of the best players of the industry.
Liverpool have a huge bid for French sensation rejected, interests from Italy emerge for Arsenal's midfield target from Ligue 1, Kurt Zouma wanted by French club, Chelsea line up Diego Costa replacement from the Bundesliga and Mauricio Pochettino makes a strong statement regarding the future of his players – all this in our today's Premier League transfer round-up;
Liverpool Have £64m Bid Rejected For Mbappe
Ligue 1 champions have rejected a huge £64 million bid for teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe from Premier League giants Liverpool.
The Reds are heavily interested in the 18-year old striker who has taken the European footballing scenes by storm this season. However, Monaco have no intention of selling their star and want to keep him for at least another season. But the reports also claim that a bid in the range of £85 million may get them interested. However, sources from ESPN claim that there was no such approach made from Jurgen Klopp's men.
Liverpool are close to a return to Champions League for the next season and no doubt Mbappe will an excellent addition, but the news of a bid does seem to be an attempt to drive the player's price higher. (Marca)
With Kylian Mbappe and Ryan Sessegnon seeming to join the Premier League, Willian in an inter-city transfer and Dele Alli to be held on to by Tottenham, with Cesc Fabregas on his way out; young players are the focus of most clubs through the transfer window, with value to offer through the medium-term and the ability of clubs to nurture young talent instead of looking for the finished product takes precedence.
Kylian Mbappe, the next Monaco sensation to Arsenal?
Kylian Mbappe has been making the headlines for the right reasons. He has scored __ goals in __ appearances through his first season at the club, and like most Monaco strikers who move abroad in search of better opportunities to test themselves after Ligue 1, Mbappe is set for a move to the Premier League at a bumper transfer fee and plenty of wages. Arsene Wenger admitted interest in the young striker who is moving to the top of the lists of the top clubs with the financial muscle and league standing to enter a bidding war. However, he has put Arsenal further down the list of clubs that have the financial capacity to broker the transfer, with the £85 million clause set by Monaco, and both clubs in Manchester along with the likes of Real Madrid willing to wager a deal. (Sky Sports)
Ryan Sessegnon to Liverpool
Liverpool have scoured the market for a left-back who will slot into the place without fuss and has looked within fellow English clubs for the right fit, and Ryan Sessegnon has impressed Jurgen Klopp’s scouts. With Alberto Moreno set to go and James Milner having impressed, Klopp would want a young player who can be groomed into the role. With seven goals in 28 appearances in the Championship this season, he can fit into a 3-4-3 system as a wingback, that Jurgen Klopp is likely to use to plug his leaky defence next season. He could have a fight on his hands to win a place ahead of the settled James Milner and a fit Joe Gomez, and he has shown gumption to fight and win a place in the Fulham senior team this season. (Mirror)