Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY'S Real Steal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY'S Real Steal

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CITY have formally opened negotiations over a world record move for Kylian Mbappe in a desperate bid to hijack Real Madrid's pursuit of the Monaco striker.

The Blues have stepped up their interest over the last 24 hours and are prepared to pay £143m for the most sought-after prospect in Europe.

They are hoping to catch out Real as the Champions League winners continue to raise funds to finance a deal for Mbappe.

still need to sell in order to put together a package that will considerably top the current world record £89m United paid for Paul Pogba last summer.

The Etihad's hierarchy even feel Real could try to sell Gareth Bale to United to boost their funds - despite already recouping close to £100m for Alvaro Morata and Danilo during this window. …

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