By Dominic Toner
Tottenham’s reported target Kylian Mbappe will cost £51million, according to a report.
French publication Le Parisien claim that Monaco have placed a £51million price tag on the striker after emerging as one of the best upcoming talents in Europe.
The report details that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have enquired about the youngster ahead of a potential summer move.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reported that Spurs have entered the race for Mbappe, who has been compared by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to club legend Thierry Henry.
“He is a guy who is electric like Thierry was, can dribble, can pass and is efficient,” said Wenger to French television, as quoted by the Mirror.
“We follow him, we know him very well, and he is developing well. He extended his contract with Monaco last season and so it’s Monaco who is going to decide his future. He could be another Thierry Henry.”
It is reported that the 18-year-old is being watched by Europe’s biggest sides and the north London club are interested.
Mbappe has announced himself on the European stage with a number of dazzling performances for an exciting Monaco side this season.
The attacker has made 26 appearances across all competitions, scoring 12 goals and supplying nine assists.
The French youngster made himself known to English supporters with a great display in Monaco’s recent 5-3 defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League, when he worked tirelessly and scored a great individual goal.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs will at some point have to splash the cash if they want to compete each year with the big sides in England. The Premier League’s big six is starting to take shape and they will continue to spend big each season. Pochettino needs to be given the budget if they are to move forward and win silverware, something that the north London club certainly have the potential to do. Mbappe would be a great signing as the 18-year-old has all tools to be a fantastic player. The striker is attracting interest from all of Europe’s top sides and Spurs would be making a real statement if they met Monaco’s large £51million valuation. The fee would eclipse the £30million spent on Moussa Sissoko in the summer, but could turn out to be a good investment. There are similarities with Manchester United signing Anthony Martial for £36million in 2015, a fee that could rise to £58million.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a midfielder has shared his delight on Twitter after agreeing a transfer.