Real Madrid are reportedly pondering a €60 million move for priority target Kylian Mbappe in the January transfer window.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid are open to the prospect of signing Kylian Mbappe in the January transfer window. The Spanish giants believe they will be unable to land their priority target but have still reserved €60 million to make a move for him this winter.

Kylian Mbappe has become one of the, if not the single hottest property in the transfer market since his breakout campaign with AS Monaco. However, it is the move to Paris Saint-Germain that has paved the way for the French international to become a truly world class player.

A pivotal player for club and country, the 22-year-old played a leading role in France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign and has been in fine form early in the 2021/22 campaign, with four goals and five assists in 11 appearances so far. However, PSG are in a precarious position over his long-term future, seeing as he has entered the final year of his contract, with Real Madrid in the hunt for his signature.

Real Madrid hold a long-standing interest in Mbappe, having first attempted to secure his services ahead of his initial loan switch to PSG. The Merengues had also been hot on the trails of the French international in the summer transfer window before eventually calling off their pursuit on deadline day.

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However, the interest in Mbappe has not dissipated since, with the player himself recently speaking up about the failed transfer. Indeed, Real Madrid are now looking to snap the youngster up on a free transfer next summer, hoping to see him run his PSG contract down.

As for the interest in Mbappe, the French attacking powerhouse could well be the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo that has long been sought at Real Madrid. With that in mind, Los Blancos remain hot on the trails of Mbappe, and they are open to signing him in January as well, with €60 million reserved for a winter swoop.

The report, though, claims that Real Madrid are of the opinion that a January move will be difficult to engineer. Having said that, they remain open to any prospect and will pounce if the opportunity to sign him presents itself. What now remains to be seen is if Real Madrid can land Mbappe this winter or if they are forced to wait to execute a Bosman move in the summer instead.

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