Real Madrid denied reports they have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe, describing the claims as “completely false”.
French journalist Baptiste Ripart posted on Twitter on Tuesday that Madrid had agreed deal worth €272million, spread over four payments, to take Mbappe to Madrid.
That report came just a day after Madrid had rejected talk in Spain of a world-record €310million bid for Mbappe’s PSG team-mate Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive player when he left Barcelona for Paris last year.
And Madrid have moved to issue a similar denial relating to the France international. A club statement read: “Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid C.F. and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false.
“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned.”
Mbappe joined PSG on loan from Monaco with an option to buy and secure him on a contract until June 2022 for a reported €180m.
Having fired Monaco to Ligue 1 glory and the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016-17, Mbappe helped PSG to a third domestic treble in four seasons last campaign.
The 19-year-old scored 21 goals in all competitions in his debut season at the Parc des Princes, and has announced himself on the biggest stage with a stunning performance at the World Cup.
He scored the only goal in France’s 1-0 Group C win over Peru before tearing Argentina apart in the last 16, netting a double in a thrilling 4-3 win for Les Bleus.
Though the teenager’s future is likely to remain the subject of much speculation, his immediate focus will be on France’s quarter-final clash with Uruguay on Friday.