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Real Madrid plan 11th hour £145m swoop on Kylian Mbappe

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Real Madrid are eyeing up the ‘signing of the decade’ in securing a deal for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe during the final 48 hours of the transfer window, according to reports.

Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG this year with the French forward’s contract expiring at the end of the current season – and the Ligue 1 giants could risk losing the 22-year-old on a free transfer next summer.

PSG have remained steadfast in their determination to keep Mbappe despite his contract situation, after securing the high-profile free signing of Lionel Messi from Barcelona earlier this summer.

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But according to Spanish news outlet AS, Real Madrid will start their approach for Mbappe on August 30 – the day before the transfer window ends – in order to make him their marquee signing of the summer for a fee between £111million and £145m.

The report adds that Real forward Karim Benzema, who starred up front at Euro 2020 with France alongside Mbappe this summer, is messaging the young forward frequently and is urging the PSG star to switch Paris for Madrid.

The LaLiga giants have also reportedly told Mbappe not to make any moves that would anger PSG and their president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, as the tactic of forcing a move away would not work well with the French club.

In the past, PSG have been defiant in refusing to sell their biggest stars in the transfer window when they attempt to force away.

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The likes of Neymar, Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot are all said to have been denied moves when they have tried to take matters into their own hands, with the former going missing at the start of pre-season training in 2019 with the ambition of securing a return to Barcelona.

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During the presentation of new marquee man Messi, PSG president Al-Khelaifi insisted that Mbappe was not for sale and has no excuse to leave the French club.

Al-Khelaifi claimed earlier this month: ‘Everyone knows the future of Mbappe. He is a PSG player.

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