Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has spoken directly to Kylian Mbappe over the phone about a potential move to Arsenal this summer.
Wenger and Mbappe spoke one-on-one about the teenager joining the Gunners from Monaco this summer in a world-record move which is likely to cost around £118m.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions for Monaco, and his performances in the Champions League have put Europe’s elite clubs on red alert this summer.
Wenger has revealed his admiration for Mbappe on a number of occasions and it’s understood Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are also monitoring the youngster’s situation at the Stade Louis II.
On Arsenal’s interest, a family member told French outlet Le Parisien: ‘If Kylian signs for Arsenal tomorrow, it will be for him [Wenger].
It was gathered that even the lack of Champions League football wouldn’t be a problem – as long as Wenger is in charge.
According to L’Equipe, “very little detail” about what was talked about during the phone call has been leaked, but it is understood that, as well as talking about a move to the Emirates, the pair also discussed Mbappe’s entire career plan, with Wenger giving his view on how he should manage his future.
However, while Mbappe is open to the idea of joining Arsenal to develop his game further, similar to what Wenger did for the 18-year-old’s idol Thierry Henry, his representatives remain unsure about Arsenal because of their non-participation in next season’s Champions League.
Given that the Monaco forward only sees the move as a “stepping-stone” would be a big risk for Arsenal who would expect to get a significant increase on their investment once he moved on from the Gunners.
They would also have to provide substantial wages to compete with offers from the likes of Real Madrid, which is another stumbling block.
Arsenal’s attempts to tie Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to lucrative new contracts could force the club into a wide-ranging sell-off of players this summer.