MANCHESTER, England, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Real Madrid failed in their attempt to sign France striker Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain on the final day of the transfer window as Cristiano Ronaldo completed his move from Juventus to Manchester United.
After a window which saw Lionel Messi’s shock move from Barcelona to PSG, Real had hoped to create another upset by luring the most exciting young talent in the game to Madrid.
Multiple media reports in Spain said Real offered transfer fees ranging from 150 million euros ($177.14 million) to 200 million euros ($236.18 million) for the World Cup-winning forward who is out of contract in June.
A source close to PSG said the club had no intention of selling one of their key players in a year in which they are targeting Champions League success and said there was scepticism about whether Real were in a position to pay such a fee.
“It’s been bemusing to see some take Real Madrid’s supposedly credible bids at face value,” said the source.
United announced last week that they had reached agreement with Juve to sign their former player, 36-year-old Ronaldo, a five-times Ballon d’Or winner.
Having passed a medical, secured a visa and agreed personal terms, Ronaldo said he was ready to recreate the glory years he enjoyed under former United boss Alex Ferguson.
“I’m back where I belong. Let’s make it happen once again… Sir Alex, this one is for you,” he said in an Instagram post.
Real did manage to bring in one Frenchman — teenage midfielder Eduardo Camavinga joining on a six-year contract from French side Stade Rennes.
Local media reported that the fee for the 18-year-old France international was about 30 million euros ($35.41 million).