“Of course (there is interest) in Mbappe, the AC Milan goalkeeper, (Flamengo youngster) Vinicius Junior and other young players”.
The Spanish newspaper carries a front page quoting Mbappe, the teenager who starred in Monaco’s swashbuckling run to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals, as saying he “only wants to play in Madrid”.
The 18-year-old striker is one of the hottest properties in the market at the moment after a brilliant season at Monaco and has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions.
“I don’t know why people say he was born to play for Madrid”.
“I am sure he will be one of the greats and we are following him. Zidane’s liked him a lot for a while, but it’s not true we were close to signing him [a few years ago] because he still hadn’t turned 16”.
Ronaldo is seen as likely to leave Spain despite winning the Champions League for a second season in a row with Real following accusations of tax fraud in the country.
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.
But Perez – newly elected as Real’s president – insists transfer business has been on hold throughout the election process and they have not made offers for any player, including AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
“We have built a legendary team featuring the best global and Spanish players, in which our academy also enjoys a prominent role”.