But Abidal has expressed his belief that the potential cost of the player will be extortionate, and that Mbappe should stay where he is for the time being. 18 years old so he has a good opportunity at Monaco because it is a handsome city, and a world-class academy.
Mbappe has been linked with a big-money switch to one of Europe’s heavyweights after firing Leonardo Jardim’s men to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain are among the reported possible destinations for the five-time Ballon d’Or victor, while Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez are two others rumoured to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Now it appears Mbappe has decided that he wants the royal white of Madrid for the foreseeable future.
At only 18, he would have also been the ideal long term replacement for Luis Suarez, who is now 30.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are three clubs who have shown interest in him in the last couple of months. The Gunners are in dire need of a striker like the legendary Frenchman in their ranks and reportedly offered to Mbappe the opportunity to lead the line as their first choice striker. The Sun believes so with the paper reporting that such is Arsene Wenger’s desperation to sign the 18-year-old wonderkid he’s “set to offer a second world-record bid of more than £100m and Olivier Giroud”.
Marca claims Mbappe is the most likely replacement for Manchester United bound Cristiano Ronaldo.
Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign the Monaco starlet this summer, although the Gunners are thought to be facing competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid.