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PSG's Kylian Mbappe. Photo: AP Photo/Joan Monfort

PSG's Kylian Mbappe. Photo: AP Photo/Joan Monfort

PSG's Kylian Mbappe. Photo: AP Photo/Joan Monfort

Real Madrid have made their widely anticipated bid to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, but their €160million offer has come as a surprise.

After months of speculation and with Mbappe refusing to sign a new contract with PSG despite his current deal having just one-year to run, the French World Cup winner now appears to have moved a giant step closer to a move to Real Madrid.

With just a year left on his contract, there was an expectation that Real Madrid would offer a cut-price fee for Mbappe, but the size of this bid confirms they are ready to conclude a deal swiftly.

Mbappe's camp have been expecting this offer from Real Madrid all summer and now the 13-time European champions have put together an offer that has been challenging to construct amid tight financial striations imposed on Spanish clubs coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona could not afford to keep Lionel Messi before he signed for PSG, yet it seems Real Madrid are operating from a different financial platform after a summer that has seen them off-load some star names.

When asked about his club's interest in Mbappe heading into the closing stages of the transfer window, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn on the club's interest in the forward last week.

"I don't know if he will arrive," said Ancelotti. "I don't care what will happen. I have a very good and very strong squad. They give me a lot of happiness. I am focused on that.

"Let's wait these 10 days and now I am focused on the team that I have."

Now there are reports that super-agent Jorge Mendes is working on a deal that will see Cristiano Ronaldo replace Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain and line-up in the same team as his long-time rival Messi.

Manchester City are also believed to have been offered a chance to sign Ronaldo, with Juventus keen to off-load a player whose wages are stretching their financial structure amid the pandemic.

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