Real Madrid to step up pursuit of Kylian Mbappe after Monaco ‘reject £96m bid from Premier League club’ for French starlet.
Real Madrid have made Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe their top transfer target and are willing to blow the bank in pursuit of the forward, according to reports in Spain.
Mbappe, the scorer of 19 goals for the Ligue 1 side during a stunning breakthrough season, is set to make his debut for France during the current international break.
And as well as pricking the interest of a number of cash-rich Premier League clubs, the teenager has made Los Blancos sit up and take notice.
Spanish newspaper AS claim Real have already scouted Mbappe and see him as a new-age Ronaldo – the Brazilian striker who played for Madrid at the turn of the century.
AS quote a source inside the Bernabeu as saying: ‘Mbappe is a footballer that at one point could end up being a worldwide star.
‘He reminds us a lot of Ronaldo, who at that age dazzled at PSV Eindhoven or Henry when we wanted to bring him to Madrid next to Trezeguet.’
The report claims Monaco have rejected a £96million approach from a Premier League side for Mbappe, with a summer bidding war looking almost inevitable.
It also suggests Real president Florentino Perez was in Monaco for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 clash with Manchester City to take a look at the 18-year-old.
Another Spanish daily, Marca, also runs with the story that Madrid have added Mbappe to their wishlist.
The youngster is currently at France’s training camp at Clairefontaine ahead of his country’s two games over the coming week.
Les Bleus make the short trip to Luxembourg for a World Cup qualifier on Saturday before hosting Spain in a friendly on Tuesday.
Originally published at Daily Mail