“monstrous” fee agreed for the young Monaco star

Real Madrid and AS Monaco have agreed an astonishing €180m fee for Kylian Mbappé, according to Marca.

The fee would see Real Madrid pay €160m for the teenager, with the extra €20m tied up in bonuses. The report does not say how much of the fee would be paid up front.

As things stand, such a fee would easily be the biggest ever.

Mbappé would reportedly earn €7m-a-year and sign a contract until 2023.

The two clubs met last week to discuss the transfer, with a €190m fee mentioned. Marca suggest only the approval of Zinedine Zidane – busy with the club’s pre-season tour in America – was missing to complete the deal.

After Álvaro Morata completed an €80m move to Chelsea there is no question Real Madrid can afford the fee and their interest in Mbappé is no secret. He would be expected to compete for a first team spot immediately.

The biggest question for Real Madrid ? THE FORWARDS

There is only one man (I should say boy) in the discussion here. Yep, you guessed it right. It’s Kylian Mbappé

The very young French lad, who’s been hot since his glorious performance in the UEFA champions league last season is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment and nothing would please Pérez more than to land the latest brightest young star in the footballing galaxy. Benzema is the certain number one at the moment — it says something that his former back-ups, Gonzalo Higuaín and Álvaro Morata, are now two of the most expensive strikers of all time.

Morata’s departure certainly leaves a hole but Ronaldo and Bale can both operate in more traditional striking roles, if required. However, Mbappé’s elite goalscoring instincts and creativity would add a whole other dimension to the Madrid attack. Over to you, Florentino.

Business remaining:
The excellent business conducted on Morata means that Madrid now definitely have the funds to sign Mbappé and stay within the bounds of Financial Fair Play. The Galacticos are reportedly agreed a fee of €145 million for the Monaco’s golden boy. Let’s wait and see where he’ll land after the opening of the transfer window

They will do everything they can to tempt the young Frenchman to the Bernabéu but in the event that they are unsuccessful, Madrid will still probably have to sign another striker to cover for Benzema

Transfer news for today !!

People always complain about Monday but Tuesday is arguably the worst day of the week. The weekend is a bit closer, yet still so far away. Ah well, at least we’ve got some tasty morsels of transfer gossip to see us through.

Neymar is warming to the idea of leaving Barcelona and has asked his father to arrange a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to a sensation report in Spanish publication ASManchester United are also a possible next port of call for the Brazilian.

However, Barça are said to be “relaxed” about the speculation and sporting director Robert Fernandez finds it hard to believe any club would pay Neymar‘s €222million release clause.

Manchester United have agreed a £44 million deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić, according to the Daily Mail. The Croatian will apparently pull out of Inter’s pre-season tour of China on Tuesday ahead of a move to Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimović looks like he’s going to be staying at United after enrolling his two sons in the Red Devils’ academy. The 35-year-old Swede is currently out of contract but is likely to be offered a new deal once he recovers from his anterior cruciate ligament injury in around six months time.

And United are considering a final take-it-or-leave-it offer of £60 million for Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier, if you believe The Mirror.

Monaco have told Arsenal they want a whopping £80 million for winger Thomas Lemar, say the Daily Mirror.

However, the Gunners haven’t yet given up hope on signing Kylian Mbappé despite Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim’s belief that the 18-year-old won’t be leaving Stade Louis II this summer. Real Madrid are also thought to be weighing up the pros and cons of a £120 million transfer.

(Source: One football )

Jose Mourinho – “Manchester united failed in Morata bid

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United failed with a bid to bring Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to Old Trafford.

United had been strongly linked with a move for the Spain international before the Premier League club concluded a £75million deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Mourinho indicated Morata had been one of United’s top targets as the club prepares to return to the Champions League, but no agreement could be reached with Madrid.

“I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player. I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid,” Mourinho told reporters.

While United missed out on Morata, the club snapped up Lukaku and made the striker the second most expensive transfer in British football history, behind only Paul Pogba.

Mourinho suggested Lukaku’s Premier League experience and his personal relationship with the player from their time together at Chelsea were the primary reasons United sought to buy the Belgium international, the club also having been strongly linked with a deal for Antoine Griezmann before Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban nixed the Frenchman’s exit.

Chelsea agree fee with AS Monaco for Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea have agreed a £39.8m fee with AS Monaco for midfielder  Tiemoué Bakayoko, report the Times.

The 22-year-old midfielder impressed for Monaco last year as the team won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals and Chelsea have been hoping to strike a deal for weeks.

Now the Blues are happy to push ahead with a move despite Bakayoko carrying a niggling knee injury that is likely to rule him out for two months. Chelsea have been assured there should be no long-term issues.

Antonio Conte was frustrated to see Romelu Lukaku move to Manchester United at the beginning of this week but having already signed German defender Antonio Rüdiger from AS Roma, Chelsea are finally making some progress towards building the squad Conte wants for the new season.

Why rejoining under Ancelotti will be James’s Renaissance

When James Rodriguez became the latest Galactico to join the star-studded ranks at Real Madrid in July 2014 it was obvious what part of the puzzle he provided for Carlo Ancelotti.

It says everything about James’ quality that a team that had finally achieved their “La Decima” dream by winning the Champions League saw it necessary to fork out €71million to Monaco for his signature.

You don’t have to ponder for long to realise why Madrid made the decision.

James had just taken the football world by storm at the World Cup, winning the Golden Boot award with six goals including a volley against Uruguay that will forever be among the pantheon of great goals at football’s most prestigious tournament.

He did so after spending a solitary season at Monaco in which he scored nine goals and provided a further 12 assists.

Perhaps just as important for Madrid were the devilish good looks and an award-winning smile. Put simply, James was a marketing dream for one of the world’s most globally lucrative clubs.

And in Ancelotti, James had the perfect coach to utilise his talents. 


A child returning home (Wayne Rooney returns to Everton)

Alright, guys. Remember I said a few months ago that I’ll never be prepared for Rooney’s departure? It will be announced any time now, and I feel completely numb.

As I dread for that moment, my mind races back to various Wayne Rooney moments which made beautiful memories. A phenomenon at the age of 18, a living hell for the defenders, and those of us lucky ones who witnessed his prime know the heights of his greatness as a player. Even when he faded away, there was never a game where his commitment level fell a cent below hundred.
I was led into this great football club by him. I celebrated all our victories with him. I lived through the pains of losses with him. Wayne has impacted, and has been a part of every moment of mine at Manchester United. 
It is just a pity that even after being at the club for 13 years, becoming the highest goalscorer and winning every possible trophy in that time, some of us still have to be convinced into admitting the status of this man as a Legend. Many came and many left, many will come and many will go, but there’ll be only one Wayne Rooney. This man, right there, who was here until the end. The keystone to so much of success we’ve had, Wayne should be remembered as nothing less than a legend.
He came a boy, conquered the Old Trafford. He leaves a man, a void too large to fill. Wayne Rooney. Take a bow.
Thanks for making me fall in love with the game, Wayne Rooney. There will never be another you ever again.

A legend. Forever.
“Remember the name, Wayne Rooney.”