Real Madrid have sent scouts to watch Paris Saint-Germain academy star Ethan Mbappe, the 13-year-old brother of World Cup winner Kylian.
The teenager was a standout performer at the International Champions Cup Futures tournament during December, with representatives from Los Blancos keeping a close eye on his displays in Miami. Though PSG lost the final to Vasco da Gama on penalties, Ethan’s attacking flair made him one of the stars of the competition.
Able to play as either a left winger or a lone striker, the French wonderkid helped PSG overcome Roma in the semis after the Italians had knocked out ?Madrid the round prior.
According to AS (via the ?Mail), his older brother is not the only member of the Mbappe family who could move to the Spanish capital in the coming months, as Real look to finally come good on their interest in superstar Kylian.
It’s claimed that Zinedine Zidane’s men are willing to break the world transfer record and pay €300m for the forward’s services this summer, two years after he arrived in Paris for a fee of €180m.
Signing Ethan is thought to be part of a larger plan to land Kylian, though Real believe the former could reach similar levels if given the correct support.
If they were to bring the younger Mbappe to the Bernabeu, Madrid would automatically become a more attractive prospect for the elder sibling, who has been linked with a switch to Los Blancos for the majority of his career.
Another factor that may work in Real’s favour is the problems caused by Kylian inside the PSG dressing room of late. The coaching staff have ?grown concerned with his change in attitude, and are struggling to deal with the France international’s ego and ambition.
Should they receive a mammoth offer from the Spaniards, they may decide to cash in for the sake if having a more harmonious squad.
Still, this looks like a deal that may have to wait at least another season or two, with Les Parisiens yet to achieve their long-term goal of winning the ?Champions League.
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