Marca are very excited about the prospect of Kylian Mbappe ending up at Real Madrid this summer. Part of that excitement seems fuelled by the prospect of breaking the transfer record, something Marca explain is currently held by Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United.

An Mbappe transfer would ‘pulverise’ all previous records, brag Marca, and they’re happy to now admit Real Madrid were keen on Pogba themselves. Last summer the theme was different, it was all about Pogba wanting Madrid and trying to send hints to the club.

When Pogba posted an Instagram image of himself wearing all white, it was suggested in Spain (by AS) to be a transfer hint to Real Madrid. On the same day, July 20th 2016, Marca said Manchester United were only signing Paul Pogba because Real Madrid were letting them.

It was very much: We don’t fancy him anyway.

Signing Mbappe for a ridiculous fee would help heal some wounds which remain open, and that, for Marca at least, seems like a big motivation behind the transfer.

It’s not enough to be back to back Champions League winners, La Liga holders, and have a nice settled squad under Zinedine Zidane, world domination over transfers is also required, even if it rocks the boat.

Three into four doesn’t go, so Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid would put pressure on the BBC. In that respect, Marca, and others in Spain, have picked up Jose Mourinho’s nondescript comments about Gareth Bale and tried to build something.

Mourinho is trying to ‘woo’ Bale, and has ‘opened the door’ to a Manchester United transfer, say Marca.

The Spanish newspaper believe Bale ‘would fit perfectly with the type of player that Manchester United is looking for in the market.’

They’ve not got much more, but Bale to Manchester United is such an obvious rumour that it’ll be launched once again should the Mbappe deal happen. It’s just too tempting.

Manchester United fans, brace yourselves for upcoming claims like: ‘Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez used the opportunity of the friendly match to rebuild some bridges and talk about future transfers. Whilst Woodward assured Perez Manchester United have no interest in Mbappe, he did make a point of stating interest in Gareth Bale is continuous. That’s provided Real Madrid with a realistic sales option and it’s no coincidence such a large Mbappe offer was then made. Should the transfer of the Monaco starlet complete, Bale will be informed his chances could be limited, and encouraged to consider a Manchester United move’

Plucked from thin air by Sport Witness, but strangely believable.