Real Madrid will blow Barcelona out of the water with stunning £178m striker bid: Zidane looks set to land sensational youngster

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Real Madrid will look to blow Barcelona out of the water this summer by beating them in the race to sign Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe in a stunning £178m deal.

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Mbappe, 18, is the hottest property in the world right now having scored 21 goals across both Ligue 1, which Monaco won, and the Champions League, as they reached the semi finals. A host of huge clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal, are also said to be tracking him, but his price tag means only the two Spanish rivals can afford him.

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According to the Daily Mail, Monaco have increased Mbappe’s asking price in a bid to entice Barça into a bidding war with Real. With the sale of Neymar to PSG all but complete, the Blaugrana will receive a warchest of around £200million to spend plus the extra wages freed up by the Brazilian’s exit, but Zinedine Zidane remains extremely keen on the young Frenchman and believes he will move to the Santiago Bernabeu, rather than the Camp Nou.

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Before this latest development, Los Blancos had made it known they were willing to pay around £150million to sign Mbappe, but will not be deterred by the increase in demands from the Principality.

Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe warms up ahead of the French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des Champions) football match between Monaco (ASM) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on July 29, 2017, at the Grand Stade in Tangiers. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

In what looks sure be the biggest summer of all time, Real’s capture of Mbappe could spark a rather expensive chain of deals. Provided Neymar, as expected, makes the switch to Paris, Barcelona will still be on the lookout for a replacement and could turn to Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, but would more likely look to swoop for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, who the Italians are reportedly valuing at around £90million.

As for Real, Mbappe’s arrival would spark a major summer sale. Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is that he will remain in Madrid, but either Karim Benzema, who netted just 11 goals in LaLiga last term, or Gareth Bale could be made available. Manchester United are known to be huge fans of Bale and would likely be interested in striking a deal if at all possible, with Jose Mourinho alluding to as much when the two sides met in pre-season last month.

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Zinedine Zidane is looking to re-shape Real Madrid after achieving all his targets since taking over in January 2016. With an ageing attack, signing Kylian Mbappe may just be the right thing to do, especially if it means getting one over on Barcelona ahead of the new season.

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