Arsenal are reportedly one of the clubs monitoring AS Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe according to lequipe as reported by daily star. The 17-year-old only signed his professional contract back in March but has already made a name for himself in the European football circuit.
A number of major European clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City are said to be interested in him.
And aside daily star and lequipe, Italian website Calciomercato.it are also claiming that our manager Arsene Wenger is also keeping a close eye on the player and could make a move for him next summer.
The France U-19 international has been likened to our club legend Thierry Henry, and it’s not hard to imagine why the media would link us with him. He’s young; he’s French, and he’s talented, and that’s a perfect recipe to generate our interest.
He has already established himself in Monaco’s squad. He made 11 league appearances for Monaco last season, and this season, he has already appeared in Ligue 1 and Champions League for the principality club.
However, according to French publication L’Equipe Manchester City made a bid of £34.5m for the teenager during the summer, but their bid was turned down by Monaco.
Now, that’s some serious money for a 17-year-old, and since City’s offer was rejected, it would take more than that offer to convince Monaco into selling their youth prospect.
It’s very hard to imagine Wenger spending that kind of money on a winger with potential especially when we already have good players in our squad who can play in the similar position. He might go on to become a world-class talent in future, but I think Wenger will be looking to invest in other areas in the summer and not on the wide position.
And if the likes of City, Barcelona and Real Madrid get involved in the pursuit, it will only drive up his price. I also don’t think we have the financial might to compete with these clubs in the transfer market.
So, I guess this one is already dead despite what the media has to say about it.