Real Madrid & Arsenal in fight to sign £125m striking sensation
Arsenal are plotting an earth-shattering summer swoop for Monaco’s striker sensation Kylian Mbappe, the man many believe will become one of the best in the world as he develops his game.
The Gunners fans are in need of appeasement after a disappointing season last year. Despite winning the FA Cup for the third time in four years, failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in over 20 years meant many were calling for boss Arsene Wenger to leave.
The 67-year-old may have ignored those calls by penning a new contract, but he does seem to have big plans at the Emirates Stadium this summer. The Mirror are reporting Wenger is keen to sign Mbappe, having already tried in the past, and is willing to sanction a stunning £125million world record-breaking deal to lure the French international, 18, away from his homeland.
Wenger and Mbappe are believed to have a good relationship, with the youngster having idolised Arsenal great Thierry Henry as a child. The trouble for the English side is a certain other French legend, Zinedine Zidane, and Real Madrid are also interested in his services, but Mbappe says they have been for as long as four years.
Understandably, Monaco are keen to hold onto their prized asset, who scored 21 goals in helping them win the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi finals last season. His teammate Bernardo Silva has already joined Manchester City and could be joined by defender Benjamin Mendy, while Fabinho and Thomas Lemar have also been linked with exits from the Stade Louis II.
Lemar is another Arsenal target, as is Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and it is not clear what any perspective deal for Mbappe would mean for their pursuit of those other players. Signing Mbappe would be a massive coup for Wenger, and would finally silence his critics who claim he is afraid to spend big money on his squad.
It would also surely enhance Arsenal’s hopes of keeping both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil at the club. They each have just one more year on their contracts at the Emirates Stadium, and Sanchez in particular has been attracting interest from elsewhere, notably Manchester City.
Whether Arsenal can lure Kylian Mbappe to England remains to be seen, but if they can, it would certainly be statement of real intent from the Gunners as they look to return to the Champions League.