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Kylian Mbappe has decided which club he will join this summer

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This summer’s transfer window looks set to be incredibly exciting.

Will Antoine Griezmann sign for Manchester United? Will Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal? Will Barcelona sign Philippe Coutinho?

But the most sought after player is probably Kylian Mbappe.

The 18-year-old has scored 24 goals this season as his Monaco side look set to pip Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title. He’s also scored five goals in the Champions League as Monaco have reached the last four of the competition.

Therefore, it’s very little surprise to see the biggest clubs in Europe being linked with him.

Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger revealed that he visited Mbappe’s house last summer in a bid to convince him to join Arsenal, while Manchester City were also reported to be willing to pay £60 million to sign him.

Then, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Manchester United had a £72 million bid for the Frenchman rejected.

But it seems one club has finally made the breakthrough to convince the wonderkid to join them - Real Madrid.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Mbappe has said ‘yes’ to Los Blancos in a transfer that could cost £85 million.

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It’s believed that Madrid boss and fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane has convinced Mbappe to join the Bernabeu club this summer as he looks to continue his incredible rise.

The forward was identified as Zidane’s number one transfer priority, despite the incredible transfer fee he will command.

But, at the age of 18, Madrid are fully aware that Mbappe could spend more than a decade as one of the best strikers in European football and repay that transfer fee over time.

Madrid almost signed Mbappe in 2013

If Mbappe does join Madrid, it will be a case of second time lucky for the Spanish giants. That’s because they attempted to sign him in 2013 before he opted to join Monaco.

"He almost signed for Real Madrid but then he went to Monaco," Zidane said earlier this year. 

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"I can't speak about this. We know he's a good player, what he's doing at his age is fantastic, but that's it. What I'm interested in is what we are going to do tomorrow. But he was about to sign here, yes." 

The likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will no doubt be disappointed with the fact that Mbappe has chosen Madrid over a move to England and they will now have to look elsewhere.

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