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Real Madrid reportedly agree €180m deal for Monaco teenager Mbappe

Reports in Spain claim the European champions will pay a world-record fee for the French striker.

Mbappe announced himself to the world in last season's Champions League.
Mbappe announced himself to the world in last season's Champions League.
Image: Martin Rickett

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS REAL Madrid have reportedly reached an “agreement in principle” to pay Monaco €180 million for French teenager Kylian Mbappe.

According to Spanish media outlet Marca, La Liga giants Madrid have offered Monaco the world-record fee of €160m, with an additional €20m in performance-based add-ons.

That would eclipse the €100m (£89m) Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer with some ease.

However, Sky Sports are also reporting that the French club has dismissed claims a deal is in place.

18-year-old striker Mbappe has become one of the world’s hottest prospects over the past 12 months after bursting onto the European stage last season with Monaco.

He scored 24 goals in 41 appearances as Leonardo Jardim’s side won Ligue Un and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

A compatriot of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, the teenager is capped four times at senior level for France.

His exit would be the latest big-money departure from Monaco with Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy (both Manchester City) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (Chelsea) all leaving in recent weeks.

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