Man United given massive boost in race for £166m French superstar

Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly consider offloading forward Kylian Mbappe to Manchester United to help balance their books.

The French champions reached an agreement with Monaco last summer to sign the 19-year-old in a £166m deal at the end of an initial season-long loan spell.

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, though, PSG fear being punished for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, having also brought in Neymar 10 months ago for a world-record sum of £198m.

In order to stay within UEFA’s guidelines, the Parisians are said to be open to offers for the France international, who netted 21 times in 44 games last season.

The report suggests that Anthony Martial may be used as a makeweight, but United would still have to hand over £167m to make Mbappe their marquee signing.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly confident of being able to convince the club’s owners to fund a mega-money move for Gareth Bale.

The Real Madrid star has been a long-term target for United and cast doubt over his future after the Champions League final when he suggested that he needs to be playing more regular first-team football.

Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure as Blancos coach could have an impact on whether Bale stays in the Spanish capital, but United are still understood to view the Wales international as their main transfer target.

“Manchester United are definitely interested. Jose Mourinho tried to sign him last summer,” journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast, as quoted in the Manchester Evening News.

“If Madrid say yes to it, which they’re likely to, and Bale says yes to it, that will necessitate a redrawing of United’s transfer plans. They didn’t go into the summer expecting to sign an attacking player of his status.

“Bale changes the dynamic, this is the level of player Ed Woodward wants to bring to the club. He has huge marketing potential. He’s confident of convincing the Glazers to approve the huge finances involved in getting him.”

Madrid are thought to value Bale at more than £100m.