Kylian Mbappe only wants Real Madrid move

“Of course (there is interest) in Mbappe, the AC Milan goalkeeper, (Flamengo youngster) Vinicius Junior and other young players”.

Arsenal and Liverpool linked striker Kylian Mbappe has informed Monaco that he only wants to join Real Madrid if he has to leave the club.

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”.