Real Madrid to pip Arsenal to Kylian Mbappe with ‘sweetener’

Date published: Tuesday 13th June 2017 3:18

Real Madrid are confident of signing Kylian Mbappe by proposing to loan him back to Monaco, according to a report.

Real are hoping to beat Paris St-Germain and Arsenal to the signing of the striking prodigy and in a bid to secure him at the Bernabeu they will allow him to remain at the Ligue 1 side on loan for a year.

AS report the year-long loan will “sweeten the deal” in their favour and Monaco will accept a deal worth around £100million.

The French champions are desperate to hold on to the 18-year-old for another year and after already turning down a bid for Mbappe, which did not include a loan option.

According to Le Parisien, Monaco are keen to keep Mbappe this summer and are trying to convince him to stay put and so Real’s new offer may well be the compromise they are willing to accept.

Arsenal have made a bid of £87million, which has been rejected and are believed to be preparing a world-record £122million move for the player, but Real are in pole position for the player who scored 26 goals and grabbed 14 assists in his breakthrough season in Ligue 1.

Mbappe has admitted his admiration for Zinedine Zidane as a player, but has said he will not move to sit on the bench.

“Why play less?” Mbappe askked last month. “I’ll have time to reflect on that and, no, I’m not afraid to leave.”

Mbappe, however, admits that although Real boss Zinedine Zidane was his idol growing up, a chance to play under the legend would not necessarily sway his decision.

“I dreamed of Zidane the player, not the coach,” Mbappe said.

“Zidane the player made me dream and still makes me dream when I watch videos of him.

“The coach is completely different, he is a great coach who has quickly achieved results and continues to develop.”

The France starlet, who is contracted with Monaco until June 2019, has also made it clear he will be the sole decision-maker on his future.

“I will make a choice based on my sporting career, and my career is first and foremost, and I am at an age where I need to play, and that will be paramount,” said Mbappe in May.

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