Real Madrid’s fax machine is back up and running which spells danger for the rest of Europe.
Florentino Perez hasn’t even waited until the end of the season to put it to work, with Real Madrid making a world record bid for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, according to The Telegraph.
The £130million offer tabled would have broken the current record set when Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Man United for £89mil.
Anthony Martial’s £36m move from Monaco to United in 2015 made him the most expensive teenager in football, something Mbappe will likely break if he leaves the Ligue 1 side in the future.
Madrid’s bid was rejected by Monaco, who reportedly have no intentions of letting the 18-year-old go this summer.
Instead the new Ligue 1 champions plan to give Mbappe a new contract to ward off interest for arguably the most wanted player in football.
With a World Cup only a year away Mbappe, who has two caps for France, may well be tempted to stay at Monaco and help them defend their title.
He only needs to look at Martial, who started impressively in Manchester only to fade, for evidence that staying in France could be best for his short-term development.
Mbappe, playing in his first full season since breaking into Monaco’s first-team, scored 26 goals in all competitions this season.
Madrid have broken five of the last six transfer records when signing Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.
Not a bad list, that.