The number one target of Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 is Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, and the striker has given his blessing to a possible transfer.
He wants to play for Los Blancos and so has been directed to representatives of the club who have also contacted his family concerning the move.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are interested but if Real pay the asking price, the deal will be done to take the 18-year-old to Spain.
There are several factors why Mbappe doesn’t hide a desire to play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The first, and most important, is the presence of Zinedine Zidane because the coach has had his eye on the player for years, something that the youngster appreciates.
Secondly, the project that Real expect Mbappe to play the fullest part in, has seduced him.
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.
All those who have come to see him live, have been thrilled by his physical and football attributes.
Griezmann, Hazard, Dybala …
The qualities and determination of Mbappe and the evolution of Zidane’s own staff has determined that the first objective for Real in the summer is to sign the striker.
Though he could cost over 100 million euros, the reports on him point to a potentially greater value for his capacity to improve; being only 18 years old and already amongst the footballing elite.
Players like Eden Hazard or Paulo Dybala have been placed in the background because of the tremendous impression that Marco Asensio has made.
New season, new plans, new football ideas, new roles…even the Antoine Griezmann option has taken a back seat to Mbappe at the moment.
The competition for his signing is fierce, with Jose Mourinho knowing that he needs to reinforce an attack that will be without Wayne Rooney after this season.
In England, it has been suggested that Monaco have already turned down an offer of 100m euros from the Red Devils, but United will still fight for Mbappe’s signature until it’s an impossibility.