Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is reportedly top of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s transfer wishlist this summer.
The France forward is Ligue 1’s top scorer with 26 goals this season – and has been tipped to swap Paris for Madrid after just two seasons.
That would be good news for Chelsea, who could keep hold of star man Eden Hazard if Mbappe completes a big-money move to the Bernabeu.
Real’s squad is in desperate need of an overhaul after crashing out of the Champions League last-16 and trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by 12 points.
And Spanish outlet AS claim Perez sees Mbappe as the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus last summer.
The 20-year-old is believed to be unhappy with PSG after the club fined him €180,000 for turning up late to a team meeting earlier this month.
The French giants were also knocked out of the Champions League last-16 by Manchester United, which has hindered Mbappe’s hopes of winning any individual awards.
It has also been suggested PSG could be forced to cash in on Mbappe and Brazilian superstar Neymar if the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) forces them to balance the books.
Real reportedly tried to sign the French youngster from Monaco in 2017, but Perez was reluctant to offload struggling forward Gareth Bale at the time. With Ronaldo now gone, however, and the club yet to have found a replacement, Real chiefs are said to see Mbappe as the man to assume his mantle.
Chelsea, meanwhile are desperate to keep hold of talisman forward Hazard after they were hit with a transfer ban for the nest two windows.
Further reports in Spain have suggested the Belgian ace has already agreed to join Real Madrid in the summer, but the Blues’ asking price of around £100m is proving a stumbling block.
World Cup winner Mbappe will surely command a huge fee to take him from PSG, who forked out £165.7m to sign him permanently from Monaco last summer, and there are major doubts the Spanish giants could afford both players in the same window.