Kylian Mbappe has reportedly told AS Monaco he will only consider a move to Real Madrid.
According to Marca (h/t Metro's Ewan Roberts), the 18-year-old held a meeting with the Ligue 1 club's hierarchy over the weekend and despite reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, his heart is set on Los Blancos if he leaves.
Roberts added that the only thing left for Mbappe to consider is when to make the move, be it this summer or next year.
Speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's future could impact his decision, according to Roberts, as the superstar reportedly wants out of Madrid this summer. If he goes, Real will want Mbappe as soon as possible.
Football writer Robin Bairner shared Marca's cover from Monday, on which Mbappe's decision is the lead story, but he cast doubt over their report:
Robin Bairner @RBairner
Interesting approach from Marca. Quote Mbappe saying: 'I just want to play for Madrid' then provide no evidence to suggest he did. https://t.co/IcAZcaYhGP2017-6-19 07:12:22
So too did Goal's Mohammed Ali and Bleacher Report's James McNicholas:
Mohammed Ali @mohammedali_93
Wouldn't trust those Marca covers of Mbappé to Real - they're obviously pushing an agenda. Nothing decided yet though2017-6-18 22:43:18
Marca reporting Mbappe has told Monaco he wishes to leave and play for Real. (They would say that, mind.)2017-6-18 22:32:19
Indeed, as Roberts himself noted, Marca are "notoriously Real centric."
Nevertheless, Los Merengues are one of the few clubs who can afford the starlet after his value soared on the back of an incredible season at Monaco, in which he racked up 26 goals and 14 assists.
Mbappe is a Real Madrid fan, so they're still a likely destination for him at some point, but with so many elite clubs interested in him, he will be assessing his options carefully.
Monaco are desperate to keep the youngster, as evidenced by them resisting reported bids of up to €130 million for him, and it's hardly beyond the realms of possibility that he will opt to stay for another season to focus on his development.
He's one of the hottest properties on the market this summer, though, so expect the saga to continue for some time.