La Liga giants not willing to break their wage budget to land French striker as PSG move into the driving seat
REAL MADRID are reportedly not prepared to pay over the odds on wages to sign Monaco star Kylian Mbappe this summer.
The La Liga champions are desperate to bring the £124million-rated French hotshot to the Bernabeu.
Paris Saint-Germain have now emerged as their main rivals for the 18-year-old’s signature.
Arsenal also still retain an interest in the striker despite signing Alexandre Lacazette this week from Lyon.
However, Marca are claiming that Madrid could miss out on Mbappe due to their reluctance to fork out huge wages.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top earner at the Bernabeu on £365,000 per week after tax, while Gareth Bale pockets £350,000 before tax in second spot.
Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos also bank well over £100k every seven days too.
And despite their wealth, Madrid are determined not to risk breaking their wage structure by having another star on a huge salary.
Kylian Mbappe factfile
- Born in Bondy, a suburb of Paris, on December 20, 1998
- Joined Moncao in 2013 after two years at the famed French national football centre, Clairefontaine
- Made his Monaco debut on December 2, 2015 – beating Thierry Henry’s 21-year-old record to become the club’s youngest ever player aged 16 years, 347 days
- Scored his first goal for the club in February 2016 and become Monaco’s youngest ever scorer aged, 17 years, 62 days, once again beating a Thierry Henry record
- In February 2017, become the youngest player since 2005 to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick, aged 18 years and two months
- Took the Champions League by storm, helping Monaco to the semi-final of the competition with six goals in nine matches
- Finished the season with 26 goals in all competitions and was named in the Ligue 1 and the Champions League teams of the season
- Made his France debut in March 27 against Luxembourg – becoming the second youngest French player ever (behind Maryan Wisnieski) at 18 years, 3 months, 5 days
They made a similar decision a year ago when they pulled out of the race for Paul Pogba, allowing Manchester United to sign him from Juventus.
Madrid had appeared to be in the driving seat in the chase for Mbappe but PSG’s interest has caused major issues.
They are prepared to match any bid made for the ace and are prepared to offer him a weekly wage of over £200,000.
The Champions League holders fear that if they offer the same, then there could be a revolution.
The teen would instantly become one of the highest earners at the club, and that could lead to several other big names demanding a pay increase.
Zinedine Zidane is hoping that the lure of playing for arguably the world’s biggest team will help swing the deal in their favour instead of financial incentives.
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