Relative Of £100m+ Chelsea & Man Utd Target Says Player Could Join Arsenal
A relative of Kylian Mbappe claims the in-demand Monaco striker could snub the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd in order to play under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are handed a boost in the race to sign Kylian Mbappe…
A relative of Kylian Mbappe claims the in-demand Monaco striker could snub a whole host of top European clubs in order to play under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France via the Mirror.
Mbappe has emerged as the hottest property in world football after enjoying a breakthrough campaign last season where his 26 goals and 14 assists helped Monaco land their first Ligue 1 title since 2000.
The 18-year-old’s potential has attracted interest from all over Europe and while Real Madrid remain the bookmakers favourite, a number of Premier League clubs have also been strongly linked with the teen sensation.
The Metro reported earlier in the month that Manchester United had seen a whopping £113m offer knocked back by Monaco as Jose Mourinho tries to buy himself a top class striker after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Football London then cited a report coming from French outlet Le10 Sport that said Chelsea had joined the chase for Mbappe’s signature after Antonio Conte arranged to hold talks with the striker about a move to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have been the most strongly linked with Mbappe out of the English clubs with The Sun quoting L’Equipe as saying last week that Arsene Wenger was ready to test Monaco’s resolve with a new bid worth £100m plus Olivier Giroud after seeing his initial £87m offer rejected.
Wenger has made Mbappe his prime target this summer and hopes to lure the youngster to the Emirates with the promise of guaranteed first team football but many assumed the player wouldn’t be interested after Arsenal missed out on Champions League football.
However, a close relative of Mbappe’s has been quoted by the Mirror as telling Le Parisien that the striker isn’t fazed about playing in the Europa League and says he could opt for a move to Arsenal in order to work under Wenger due to his reputation for developing young French strikers.
The relative said:
“Wenger is a great man. If Kylian signs for Arsenal tomorrow, it will be for him.
“He knows how to shape young players and especially the former strikers of the French team, Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka.
“The Europa League is not an obstacle in itself.”
If this supposed source is reliable, then this will come as a huge boost to Arsenal and the north Londoners should now be considered as serious contenders to sign Mbappe this summer.
The Gunners desperately need to bring in a top class forward if they are to be considered serious title challengers next season and winning the race for Mbappe would be a major coup if they could pull it off.
However, the striker may not hang around in north London for long as another source has been quoted by the Independent as telling Le Parisien that Mbappe may use a club like Arsenal as a stepping stone before joining the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid before he’s 22.
“Kylian is currently thinking things over,”
“Either he will go to a stepping-stone club, or directly to a great club.
“But his aim is very clear: to sign for one of the two biggest clubs in the world, they are Real Madrid or Barcelona for him, before reaching the age of 22.”
So Arsenal may end up securing Mbappe’s signature this summer but if they do they are likely to see the teenager pushing for a move to Spain within the next few years.
Let’s wait and see how things develop over the coming weeks but I’m sure Arsenal fans would be delighted to see Mbappe join the club this summer even if it meant losing him to Madrid eventually.