Kylian Mbappe is the subject of a £259m bid from Al-Hilal which could be doomed to fail. But world-record moves have crashed before, as Man Utd well know.
Here are six examples of Barcelona and Real Madrid showing their might to hijack a transfer or steal a world-class player from a big club. And Leeds.
Inspired by Newcastle’s difficulties in landing James Maddison, here are some more failed club-record bids. Arsenal and Liverpool share theirs.
Raphinha or Jules Kounde wouldn’t get anywhere near this XI thought or confirmed to be close to a move to Chelsea…
“Romelu Lukaku is number one, he reminds me of Adriano at his best – physical strength, intelligence, speed.”
We look at the biggest mark-downs for players going straight back to the clubs that sold them…
Ronaldo would surely have been a record signing had Fergie got his 2013 wish. Man Utd have been there.
Kaka has been very impressed with Liverpool’s Brazilians this season.
Kaka spent three years under Jose at Real Madrid. It was “difficult, complicated” but “respectful”.
Kaka was the last player not named Lionel or Cristiano to win the Ballon d’Or. What a player he was.
Man City bid £100m for Kaka in January 2009. Milan were open to the bid. The player turned it down.