Report: Arsenal ready to pay £125m for Mbappe

With Lacazette’s transfer to Arsenal almost confirmed, reports suggest the Gunners are still not going to cool their interest in French sensation Kylian Mbappe.

According to Sunday People, the London side is preparing a record £125m bid for the wonderkid.

The paper added that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger “will use his French connections” to land Mbappe as he hopes to get his hands on the Premier League title this season, in what could be his last season at the club.

However, Arsenal could find their task cut out since the other interested clubs, namely Real Madrid and Manchester City, also have the Champions League lure.

Mbappe’s future has been in the limelight after he enjoyed a stellar season at the French side and helped them lift the Ligue 1 title. The 18-year-old erased Monaco from his Twitter profile on Saturday, which has only given rise to further speculation.

Speaking about the player, Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim told RMC: “I have not spoken to him because he knows how we work, that we want to keep him”.

However, he added that given the club’s business model, Monaco would lose players.

“I hope to keep the right players,” he said. “It is not just me, all the coaches of the world [would] like to keep the best players.

“But with the Monaco project, maybe it’s not possible to always keep the best. We’re going to look at what’s going to happen”.

If Arsenal can land Mbappe, the club could genuinely have a chance at getting the Premier League back at the club after more than a decade. With Lacazette’s signing all but confirmed, Wenger is seemingly not shying from spending and wants to spend to win; something Arsenal have been criticised in the past for not doing.

 

A move to Arsenal would also benefit the Frenchman as he will certainly get regular game-time at the club and at 18 years of age, playing regularly to ensure development doesn’t get hindered is of utmost importance.