Real Madrid make PSG star Kylian Mbappe a 'prime target' for this summer... and have used Neymar interest as a 'smokescreen' to mask intentions of signing the Frenchman
- Real Madrid have identified Kylian Mbappe as their 'prime target' this summer
- The French striker is yet to make his move to Paris Saint-Germain permanent
- Madrid have used Neymar as a 'smokescreen' with their real interest in Mbappe
- Zinedine Zidane believes Mbappe is an ideal replacement for Karim Benzema
By Jordan Seward For Mailonline
Published: 07:20 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 12:13 EDT, 17 May 2018
Real Madrid have made Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe their 'prime target' after missing out on him last summer.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to rejuvenate his ageing attack ahead of next season and has identified the 20-year-old Frenchman as a priority signing.
According to Sport, Madrid's reported interest in Neymar has been a smokescreen which they have used to deflect the attention away from their pursuit of Mbappe.
Real Madrid have made Kylian Mbappe, who trained with PSG on Wednesday, their main target
The France international, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, has not yet made his move to the Parc des Princes permanent, having signed on an initial one-year loan deal from Monaco.
PSG do hold the first option on a transfer and can secure his signature by paying the £163million fee that was inserted into his transfer last summer.
However, the Parisians are in danger of breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules after the governing body's latest investigation found that £175m of sponsorship deals were found to be 'significantly overstated'.
Zinedine Zidane has identified Mbappe as a priority as he looks to rejuvenate his ageing attack
This could result in the club being restricted in the market this summer with Angle Di Maria recently admitting he could be sacrificed amid pressure to meet the regulations and interest from Barcelona.
Zidane is hopeful Madrid will be able to benefit from PSG's situation with the Ligue 1 giants unlikely to be able to fork out the £163m needed to sign Mbappe on a permanent basis without breaking the rules.
Madrid have used their reported interest in Neymar as a 'smokescreen' to pursue Mbappe
The Spanish side have not denied reports linking to them with Neymar, but are more focused on Mbappe after PSG's president insisted the Brazilian would not be sold.
The Madrid boss is a huge admirer of the Frenchman and sees him as an ideal replacement for his compatriot Karim Benzema, who has not scored enough goals this season, and a potential long-term heir to Cristiano Ronaldo.