The Spanish giants are on the cusp of signing 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco for a world record fee of around £161m. Real face competition from United’s Mancunian neighbours but the young French international only has eyes for the Bernabeu. Photographs surfaced recently of photos of a teenage Mbappe with his bedroom plastered in Cristiano Ronaldo posters; Real has a mesmeric hold over the Monaco striker and City have little hope of signing the most-wanted man in world football.
Real are intent on having a Galactico policy once again but this time by balancing the books. Having sold Alvaro Morata, 24, to Chelsea for £57m, a £100m gap remains. It’s opened the door for Jose Mourinho to land a player he covets. The former Real manager holds the Welshman in the highest regard and would like nothing better than to hold the door open to Bale at Old Trafford.
However, the newspaper reports that United are cautious, believing Bale won’t willingly leave the Bernabeu; Real will have to sell him for a return to the Premier League to happen. Florentino Perez has form in selling key players; Mesut Ozil left for Arsenal in 2014 in a £42.5m deal which shocked the Real faithful and led to a storm of protest. Having won the Champions League twice since, few can argue with Perez’s player policy. United’s caution is understandable but hope is far from dead.