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Real Madrid are on the verge of smashing the current transfer record by forking out a staggering £160million on teenager Kylian Mbappe. He is the most sought-after star this summer with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal all chasing the forward's signature.

However Spanish giants Real Madrid appear to have moved a step closer to landing their No 1 target due to Mbappe's love for the European champions. 

He grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo posters on his wall and will now be part of Real Madrid's attack alongside his superstar hero. As a 14-year-old, Kylian Mbappe plastered his bedroom walls with images of Cristiano Ronaldo. As of next season, the French wonderkid could well be sharing a changing room with his idol. Mbappe, the subject of a huge approach from Real Madrid, is poised to swap Monaco for the Spanish capital this summer.

Here's how Mbappe has transformed from an unknown talent to the world's most wanted footballer valued at £160m. And the switch would complete the remarkable journey from fan to team-mate in four short years.

Mbappe's love for Real, and particularly Ronaldo, is made evident by pictures taken of him at his home in the Parisian suburb of Bondy, aged 14.The beaming youngster poses for the camera in front of around two-dozen photographs of the Portuguese in action for Madrid.

Mbappe's father Wilfried has previously spoken of his son's admiration for Ronaldo.

'He is a Real Madrid fan and his idol is Cristiano Ronaldo,' he told France Football last year.

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