Madrid, May 5 (IANS) French football sensation Kylian Mbappe has reportedly agreed to join record European champions Real Madrid from Monaco this summer in a transfer fee that could exceed 100 million euros (around $110 million).Also Read - Covid to Make a Comeback in India? China, Russia, UK Report Significant Resurgence in Cases | Key Points
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Mbappe agreed to the transfer and the reason was Madrid’s French head coach Zinedine Zidane, something the 18-year-old forward appreciates. Also Read - Gerard Pique Turns Striker to Keep Barcelona Champions League Hopes Alive
It was also said that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in the striker. Earlier this week, Manchester United reportedly had a $76 million offer for Mbappe rejected by Monaco. Also Read - Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo Saves Manchester United; Big Wins for Chelsea, Bayern Munich
Real’s club president Florentino Perez believes Mbappe, who has scored 22 goals in 36 games this season, fits the profile, according to the report in Marca.
The striker has proven his class in the Champions League by slamming five goals in Europe’s club competition.
“The sports management of the club have done a complete follow-up of the striker during much of the season, monitoring him from the early stages. He has been highlighted as a threat even when he has not managed to score or his team has been defeated, as they were against Juventus,” Marca wrote in its report.
Marca also claim that Madrid’s interest in signing Eden Hazard and Paulo Dybala may lessen due to the sharp rise of Marco Asensio following his introduction to the first team under Zidane. There are also reports that their interest in Antoine Griezmann has also lessened due to Mbappe.
Madrid have not made a big signing since the capture of James Rodriguez in the 2014 summer from Monaco for a transfer fee of around $80 million. In the 2013 summer, they had signed Welsh star Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for 100 million euros ($109.7 million).
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.