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Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe started so long ago, his soon to be new team-mate Jude Bellingham was still at school when the first offer was made.

It was July 2017 and Bellingham was a 14-year-old (already playing for Birmingham’s under-18s). 

Mbappe was an 18-year-old sensation who had just taken Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League scoring six goals en-route.

Madrid president Florentino Perez and the club’s chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez knew he was the man to eventually replace Cristiano Ronaldo

What they didn’t know was that they would have to wait seven years to sign him.

Real Madrid have wanted to sign Kylian Mbappe since he was a young star at Monaco in 2017

Real Madrid have wanted to sign Kylian Mbappe since he was a young star at Monaco in 2017

They wanted him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo when he left in 2018 but have been made to wait

They wanted him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo when he left in 2018 but have been made to wait

The opening bid

Marca’s deputy editor Carlos Carpio, who has now confirmed that Mbappe has agreed a five-year deal, reported a bid of €180m (£154m) back in 2017. It was a stratospheric fee and Monaco owner Dimitri Rybolovlev seemed happy for Mbappe to join the Spanish club. 

But Madrid were only offering €7m (£6m) net a season to the player and Paris Saint-Germain were willing and able to pay him more than double that in wages.

They were also able to come to an agreement with Monaco to take the player on loan for a season and buy him the following year. That helped them swerve the financial fair play police monitoring them because they had just bought Neymar from Barcelona for €222m (£190m).

Madrid had been banking on the fact that Mbappe used to have posters of Cristiano Ronaldo on his bedroom wall as a kid, and that another one of his idols Zinedine Zidane was their coach. What no one fully grasped then was that Mbappe and his mother Fayza Lamari were not sentimentalists – they went where the money was.

PSG had the bottomless pit of cash and various ways of evading attempts to limit them spending it. Real Madrid consoled themselves with the fact that they still had Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and had just won the Champions League against Juventus, their third in four years.

They could afford to play the long game and it was not until two years down the line when they came close to signing him once more, this time with Mbappe sowing the seeds of doubt over his future in Paris.

PSG managed to sign Mbappe on an initial loan from Monaco, meaning they were in no rush to sell him after spending £190m on Neymar in 2017

PSG managed to sign Mbappe on an initial loan from Monaco, meaning they were in no rush to sell him after spending £190m on Neymar in 2017

The 2019 offensive (Blame it on Bale)

It was at a French football awards ceremony in May of 2019 when Mbappe declared: ‘I have reached a time in my career when I need to have more responsibility. I hope it will be at PSG, or maybe it will be somewhere else with a new project.’ That was interpreted as a nod and several winks in Madrid’s direction and the Spanish club wanted to respond but their hands were tied.

The player was under contract until 2022 and PSG issued a statement that read: ‘Strong ties bind Paris Saint-Germain and Kylian Mbappe and our story will continue next season.’

It was very much ‘blame Gareth Bale for everything’ at the time and a story circulated that Bale’s refusal to move to Manchester United had scuppered the move making Mbappe doubt he would get first team minutes at Madrid.

The failure to land him seemed to have more to do with PSG not needing to sell and Mbappe never came out of it a loser. He got a pay-rise prompting some suspicions at Madrid that maybe they

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