Real Madrid close to amazing £112m signing as £132m Bernabeu stars look set to complete Chelsea switch
Real Madrid’s plan to lure Kylian Mbappe from Monaco this summer have taken another step up with Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez set to join Chelsea in order to fund the deal.
Aged just 18, Mbappe has taken the football world by storm in the last 12 months or so, becoming the face of an extremely exciting Monaco side who won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi finals under Leonardo Jardim. The Frenchman, who already has four international caps, scored 21 times across both competitions for Monaco and has understandably attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.
But his current side are desperate to keep him and have slapped a staggering £130million price tag on his head. Only a few clubs can realistically afford that, including Real, who Mbappe claims have been chasing him since he was just 14.
The hunt may well reach a conclusion soon, with Diario Gol reporting that both Morata and Rodriguez are set to make the switch to Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Antonio Conte has identified Morata as his next striker target after his main one, Romelu Lukaku, all but signed for Manchester United in a shock twist.
United were supposedly Morata’s first port of call, with Lukaku said to be close to a Chelsea return. But the Spaniard could now link up with Antonio Conte again, having worked with him at Juventus, as the Italian looks to replace Diego Costa. Despite claiming his future was at Chelsea, Costa has been informed he is no longer required by Conte, and he could be set to return to Atletico Madrid, even if they cannot register him until January because of a transfer ban.
Rodriguez’s situation is slightly more curious. Similarly to Costa, he is unlikely to be wanted by his manager Zinedine Zidane next season, having failed to impress him since he took over in January 2016. After being presented as a major signing in the wake of a fantastic World Cup with Colombia in 2014, James has struggled to assert himself at the Santiago Bernabeu, with both Rafa Benitez and Zidane leaving him on the sidelines once Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in 2015.
A number of clubs are interested in him, and Real have reportedly offered the chance to sign him for £60million to both Manchester United and Liverpool, but it seems as though Chelsea may well be his next destination.