Pep Ready To Go To War With Real Over R2.74bn Target
Pep Guardiola Ready To Go To War With Real Madrid Over €180m Target
Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a R2.74 billion world record deal for Kylian Mbappe, but Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are ready to hijack the move for the 18-year-old wonderkid.
The Spaniard has already spent €241 million (R3.67 billion) in this transfer window, the second biggest outlay by any club during a transfer period in history.
However, he does not seem to be finished with his spending spree as he is reportedly prepared to do battle with Real for Mbappe's signature.
On Tuesday, Marca claimed that Los Blancos and Monaco had agreed to a "deal in principle" for the teenage sensation, but the Daily Mail has suggested that City are not out of the race.
Guardiola apparently wants to lure Mbappe to the Citizens and is prepared to match Real's €180 million (R2.74 billion) offer, which would break the current transfer record.
A tug of war could ensue between Real and City, but the Spanish giants are believed to be the frontrunners to secure the player's services after Zinedine Zidane personally spoke to the young Frenchman several times.
Paris Saint-Germain are also apparently prepared to match Real's €180 million offer, but their first priority is Neymar.
The 18-year-old scored 26 goals and assisted another 14 strikes in all competitions for Monaco last season, and was voted Ligue 1's Young Player of the Season.
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