Wednesday 21 February 2018

Report claims Man United have made a world record €130m bid for Europe's most wanted player

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United have made a world record €130m bid to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, according to a front page story in Spain’s AS.

It is the latest lavish claim amid the ongoing hype machine surrounding 18-year-old Mbappe, who is also reported to have been subject to offers in excess of €100m from Real Madrid and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The AS story claims Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are also prepared to pay a three figure sum for Mbappe, with Monaco’s insistence that he will remain at their club for another year at least certain to be tested if any of these bids are real.

Arsenal’s interest in Mbappe appears to be genuine, yet the north London club were ridiculed last week when they submitted a bid to sign the attacking starlet that was considerably less than offer made by Real Madrid last month.

While Arsenal’s deal is believed to have offered more cash up front, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and his board must have appreciated that their offer was never likely to be accepted as they compete with Europe’s biggest spenders for the most wanted player in European football.

The reported offer from United comes days after the Old Trafford club were forced to reshape their transfer plans after Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann decided to turn down the chance to move to Manchester un favour of staying with his current employer.

While United insiders have made no comment on the reported bid for Mbappe, their interest in Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata appears to be a little more based on fact.

Meanwhile, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has hinted his agent is in talks with his favoured club over a summer move, with Chelsea and not Manchester United believed to be his first choice option.

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