Real Madrid are ready to step up in their attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe and are considering a world-record bid of around €400 million to lure the French star.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital in recent weeks, following public comments from Zinedine Zidane and the player's former employers at Monaco.
According to Le Parisien (as cited by CalcioMercato.com), Madrid are ready to break the bank and bring the young superstar to the Santiago Bernabeu, in a €400 million move that would break the current world transfer record held by the €222m man Neymar.
This reported fee is more than Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo's latest transfer fees combined. Mbappe is arguably PSG’s biggest star and given the latest rumors surrounding him, the French multiple-champions plan to offer him a new contract with a huge pay rise.
His contract runs down through 2022, so PSG are in no danger to lose their starlet. However, their officials are keen to retain the World Cup winner and avoid losing him for a much smaller fee than the currently reported €400 million.
Madrid look focused on landing their desired asset, with Zinedine Zidane even claiming Kylian ‘dreams’ of playing with Los Blancos. This created some controversy with PSG sporting director Leonardo criticizing Zizou for his comments.
Well, now things are seemingly falling into place for the Spanish giants, as the French side is reportedly interested in Vinicius Jr. to replace one of Neymar or Mbappe since the board believes it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to retain both players.