Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid was scuppered by Manchester United’s reluctance to make a formal approach for Gareth Bale this summer, according to reports.
But no such move ever transpired, despite various reports suggesting that Man United had made bids ranging from £90m to £100m to secure his services.
According to the Mirror’s Rik Sharma, Mbappe was keen on a move to the Bernabeu but ultimately chose PSG instead after concluding he wouldn’t receive enough game time at Madrid with Karim Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all in the side.
The dynamic would have been entirely different if United had indeed broke the bank to sign Bale, but Mourinho concluded soon after the 27-year-old started for Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup that making a bid for him wouldn’t be worth the time and effort.
Zinedine Zidane didn’t want to lose Bale, and if that meant losing out on Mbappe then he was prepared to make that sacrifice. Time will tell if the Frenchman made the right decision as Unai Emery starts to assemble a squad that could indeed pose a challenge to their dominance over Europe.