Kylian Mbappe.
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  • The summer of 2021 has been the craziest in history for soccer transfers, and it just got crazier.
  • Real Madrid has submitted a R2.8 billion bid for Paris Saint Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
  • The 22-year-old's departure could spark PSG to move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The craziest transfer window ever just got crazier with Real Madrid submitting a giant R2.8 billion bid for Paris Saint Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old striker joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth R3.4 billion and has since scored 133 goals in 174 games for the French giants, winning three Ligue 1 titles.

According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the forward has turned down more than three offers to extend his contract at Le Parc des Princes, which expires next summer, and now wants to join Madrid.

Romano says playing at the Bernabeu is Mbappe's "childhood dream."

PSG is yet to publicly respond to the offer, but ESPN reports that the club is not happy with the offer, and wants close to R3.5 billion for Mbappe.

PSG has already had a hugely busy transfer window having completed the signings of Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Most importantly though, the club pulled off one of the biggest signings in history by bringing in Lionel Messi.

Elsewhere, Chelsea FC paid R2 billion to Inter Milan to re-sign its former striker Romelu Lukaku; Manchester City signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for R2 billion; and Manchester United completed deals for superstar duo Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Should Mbappe move to Madrid before the end of the month, it could trigger yet another mammoth transfer involving Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS, PSG is eyeing a move to bring Ronaldo to the French capital next summer as a replacement for Mbappe when his contract ends. However, if Mbappe leaves early, PSG could launch an early move for Ronaldo.

Speculation over Ronaldo's future in Turin has been rife in recent months, with the Portuguese star having been reportedly offered to Manchester City.

However, last week, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri denied the forward wanted to leave the Serie A giant.

"[Ronaldo] has never expressed a desire to leave," he said. "He has told me that he's staying, so we can clear that one up."

Ronaldo himself also rejected the suggestion he wants to move, accusing the media of disrespect in an emotive Instagram post last week.

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