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Liverpool, Arsenal & Real Madrid tracking Monaco's Kylian Mbappe

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Kylian Mbappe made history with Monaco last weekend after scoring in injury-time during a 3-1 win over Troyes. It was the teenager's first goal for the club and saw a longstanding record, held by Thierry Henry, finally tumble. 

The 17-year-old became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer, overtaking Henry's record by a few months. To make the former Arsenal striker feel old, Mbappe was still four years away from birth when Henry set the mark 21 years ago.

He had already stolen another record from Henry, becoming the youngest player in the club's history, making his debut at 16 years and 347 days against Caen last December, while Henry was 17 years and 14 days.

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Now retired, Henry would go on to score many, many more goals in a glory-filled career. He finished a stint with Arsenal as their all-time goalscorer and hung up his boots with 360 goals for club and country. If Mbappe can get anywhere near that mark, he can claim to have had a good career.

Of course, the youngster still has a long way to go to get anywhere near Henry's level but is well on his way to doing just that. Some of Europe's top clubs have already recognised his prodigious talent with Arsenal, Liverpool and even Real Madrid sending scouts to watch him.

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Interest

According to Goal, scouts from Anfield have been left impressed with the explosive forward, who is adept at using both his left and right foot. However, Arsenal, PSG and Real Madrid are already well aware of his talent, meaning a transfer battle is likely.

Liverpool have already started to recruit some of Europe's best talents having sealed a deal for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic. Udinese's Piotr Zielinski and Leicester's Ben Chilwell have also been scouted and are on Jurgen Klopp's radar.

Bar set high

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Manchester United may have ruined any chance they have of signing Mbappe. Simply, the Red Devils inflated the market when they paid £36m – rising to £58m – for Monaco youngster Anthony Martial. Equally as talented, Monaco won't be selling Mbappe for much less than Martial's fee.

And while Martial has since proven to be a top talent, none of the interested clubs will be willing to pay such a fee for an unproven starlet. However, Monaco must first tie him down to a professional contract.

Any club is able to steal him for a small development at the moment although the Ligue 1 outfit are desperately trying to get him to sign a deal as we speak. With big offers seemingly on the table from around Europe, that may be a much more difficult task than it sounds.

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