Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a world record fee in principle with Monaco for the signing of French forward Kylian Mbappe.
In turn, it is no surprise that City and Madrid are in a race for Mbappe's signature. The 26-year-old, who could switch from being a back-up to Dani Carvajal to being a back-up for Kyle Walker, cost Man City £26.5 million.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are closing in on a £45m deal for Monaco's Thomas Lemar.
Then Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson cost £34.9m and Samba midfielder Douglas Luiz was bought in a £14.1m deal.
Indeed, Pigalle tweeted a couple hours after the MARCA story broke to confirm that he had contacted the club for comment about the Mbappe situation, only to be told in no uncertain terms that no such deal has been agreed.
"If the deal is finalised, it would mean that Monaco, who reached last year's Champions League semi-final and won the French title, have made more than £300m in transfers", adds the paper.
Reports back in June revealed Ronaldo was keen on sealing a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu because the club failed to back him over tax fraud accusations. So much that they are already rebuilding a new generation, with a similar mix of talent, youth and experience. There are times when it becomes an obstacle to signing the next best thing.
Madrid face the same dilemma with Mbappe.
The champions asked to be kept informed of developments as they struggled to complete a move for Alex Sandro of Juventus. Bale struggled with injuries and form last season, and was less deserving of a starting place than Isco in many supporters' eyes.
It suited Monaco owner Dimitri Rybolovlev but it no longer suits Mbappe.
"In order to get to the level of Madrid or Barcelona we just need time".
The prolific Portuguese forward says he wants to win more trophies with Los Blancos, per Spanish publication Marca (h/t Jake Lambourne of The Sun).
Real boss Zinedine Zidane recently admitted his side were short of a striker after selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, and also made his admiration for Mbappe known.
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