Manchester City trying to beat Real Madrid to world record Kylian Mbappe transfer

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Manchester City trying to beat Real Madrid to world record Kylian Mbappe transfer

Manchester City are trying to hijack Real Madrid’s £143million bid for Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

City officials are in advanced talks with their Monaco counterparts over a deal to sign the 18-year-old forward, who is currently the hottest property in world football.

The Blues have already spent £217m on new signings this summer, and the capture of Mbappe would take that figure through the £350m barrier.

Chief executive Ferran Soriano is in talks with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev about brokering a deal to bring Mbappe to the Etihad Stadium.

Madrid believe they are in pole position to sign Mbappe for a fee that would shatter the £89m world record fee Manchester United paid Juventus last summer for Paul Pogba.

But City have received sufficient encouragement to move for the teenager, even though they were one of four clubs criticised for making an illegal approach for him.

Despite that warning from Monaco, City have established decent relations with the French champions over their transfer dealings with them this summer.

They have already spent £90m on former Monaco duo Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, and are aiming to make it a hat-trick with Mbappe.

Madrid need a new forward having sold Spain international Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and allowed James Rodriguez to join Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.

The Spanish giants do remain favourites to sign Mbappe, but the Blues are not giving up without a fight, believing they can beat Madrid to the teenager’s signature.

If City did manage to beat Real to the signing of Mbappe, it would raise fresh questions over the future of their star striker Sergio Aguero, despite boss Pep Guardiola insisting he will not be sold this summer.

There is also a belief at City that Real are willing to sell Gareth Bale to long-time suitors Manchester United in a bid to raise funds to offset the financial burden of their planned world record outlay on Mbappe.