Mbappe transfer struggle
Monaco will demand £130million from any club interested in signing youngster Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.
Mbappe has shot to notoriety at Monaco after a stellar season in Ligue 1.
The youngster is seen as the next Anthony Martial, who moved from Monaco to United in a £38m up-front deal two summers ago.
Monaco don’t want to lose another academy product and the Daily Star Sunday claim the principality club have slapped a world record transfer fee on Mbappe’s head to deter suitors.
United manager Jose Mourinho is understood to be a fan of Mbappe, who only made his debut for Monaco in December 2015.
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The forward has scored 19 goals in 32 appearances this season – including 11 strikes since the New Year.
United have supposedly set aside £80m for Mbappe but that is still well below Monaco’s demands.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is notorious for seeking out the best young talent from Ligue 1 but he is unlikely to sanction such a high-value transfer.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, meanwhile, will have Roman Abramovich’s financial backing in the transfer market this summer and was boosted in January by the £72m combined sales of Oscar and John Obi Mikel.
Real president Florentino Perez this week refused to rule out a swoop for the playmaker, saying: “Everything is possible, but at this time of the season, I don't want to talk about that.”
But the likelihood is that Mbappe will remain at Monaco next season ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he is tipped to earn a place in manager Didier Deschamps’ squad.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all interested in Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe has scored 19 goals for Monaco this season
The Daily Star Sunday claim Mbappe would cost up to £130m to sign
Arsenal and Tottenham want to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, claims the Daily Star Sunday.
Barkley could look to leave Everton for a Champions League club in the summer.
Romelu Lukaku is already seeking an exit from the club, with Chelsea his preferred destination.
And Barkley could follow the Belgian to London, with Spurs and Arsenal both vying for the England international.
The two clubs value Barkley at £30m and Everton may be tempted to sell, with the 23-year-old’s contract expiring in 2018.
Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah has advised his fellow youth players to seek moves abroad to improve their game.
Chalobah, 22, went on loan to Napoli last season after stints with a handful of Championship clubs.
The midfielder barely played for Serie A side Napoli but nevertheless said the experience was invaluable.
“Definitely, more English players should go abroad,” he told The Sun on Sunday.
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“For me, it was an amazing experience. I learned a new language and went into a changing room where I was out of my comfort zone a bit.
“I had to deal with a different culture and adapt to being on my own without my family and friends around me.
“It made me grow up. It was such a positive thing.
“But if you’re going abroad, you’ve got to do it whole-heartedly.
“It’s really tough. You will want to come home after the first two weeks — but I think a lot more players should try it.
“You are going to have to adapt to different types of football, experience another culture and a different way of how people work, too.”