According to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca, Real manager Zinedine Zidane is increasingly confident of landing the 18-year-old French international, who is dubbed to be a superstar in the making.
But it will not be easy, as Monaco will demand more than their £140m valuation for the star after Neymar’s arrival in Paris.
If Mbappe does join Los Blancos, then Gareth Bale will find it difficult to make it to the starting lineup, as reports claim that Zidane will favour Mbappe to partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the 3-man attack. This could tempt Bale to switch alliances, and become Mourinho’s main man in Manchester.
The Portuguese has been looking for a wide player all summer to bolster his attacking options and get that potent threat that can cut down defences. United’s main target was Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, but he now seems to have given up on the Croatian because of the club’s asking price and their demand of Anthony Martial in return on loan.
Jose is keen to keep hold of Martial, who he considers as a vital cog in the squad, and the Frenchman has impressed in the pre-season tour to suggest he is up for the challenge.
The English giants have always had a long-standing interest in Bale since several years, but Mourinho recently stated that he didn’t want to waste time and energy chasing a player who seemed happy at the Bernabeu.
A lot depends on Mbappe’s arrival, and it takes very less time for things to change in football, and this scenario could work out for all parties concerned.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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