Real Madrid are about to make a third bid for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, with the considered offer believed to have climbed to €135m, per RMC Sport.
The young French striker has become the hottest commodity in European football, and should be the subject of a transfer tussle in the summer.
It is understood, however, that he wants to remain with the Ligue 1 champions and is keen on signing a contract extension and revised terms.
The 18-year-old scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco in a breakout season, captivating the attention of compatriot and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who is now willing to make him the most expensive player in the world.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is also thought to be desperate to sign the precocious youngster, and had previously sanctioned two bids of €100 and €115 which were both rejected.
Madrid are now ready to offload Colombian attacker James Rodriguez to free up funding to bring Mbappe to the Bernabeu. Rodriguez, who struggled for playing time under Zidane all season, played no part in the side's Champions League victory over Juventus on Saturday and his exit is being viewed as a foregone conclusion.
The Spanish side have slapped a price of €70m on the midfielder, and a host of clubs are said to be interested in the signing.
Another compatriot in Arsene Wenger also has ambitions regarding Mbappe, and was recently spotted in France alongside Arsenal Chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
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