French champions, Monaco, on Tuesday have denied reports that a world record fee has been agreed with Real Madrid for the signing of striker Kylian Mbappe, according to Sky Sports.
The denial comes after Spanish paper Marca reported Real Madrid had bid a world record sum of £180 million (209 million U.S. dollars) for the French 18-year-old.
Mbappe took on a starring role in Monaco’s title-winning season, scoring 26 times in total and grabbing goals against heavyweight Champions League rivals including Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Juventus.
Such a figure would far outstrip the 110 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.
Real have a history of breaking world transfer fees, with their recent run beginning with the signing of Luis Figo from Barcelona for £62 million in 2000.
Current coach Zinedine Zidane joined the club from Juventus for £77 million in 2001.
That record was finally broken in 2009 with Real’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £93 million.