Arsene Wenger says it would be ‘hypocritical’ of him to say he wasn’t interested in signing Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, but has suggested that Arsenal won’t be able to compete financially with some of the other clubs who will look to sign him this summer.
The 18 year has burst onto the scene this season, capturing the imagination in the Champions League in particular, and he’s a player who pretty much every club in Europe would fancy at this point.
If it came down to a bidding war, or a wages war, the Gunners would probably find themselves beaten by other clubs – even with the resources and cash available to us there are those whose pockets are much deeper.
Speaking to SFR Sport, the Arsenal manager said, “Obviously it would be hypocritical and a lie to say that we are not looking at him.
“But he’s already in the bracket of clubs who are, perhaps, much better financed than us.”
Even so you’d like to see us have a go, but beyond finances perhaps the fact things seem pretty unstable at the moment is something that work against us too.
Wenger also spoke about Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, insisting the duo should stay in North London.
“Firstly I think they should stay here because they are world-class players and it’s very difficult to find world-class players, even for a lot of money,” he said.
“There are lots of clubs with lots of money. There are fewer talented players needing to make that decision. Today there’s Mbappe from Monaco and the whole of Europe is already on to this.
“And not just us in our situation. You talk of ‘losing out’; you’ve got to find them and bring them in.
“So, we have two reasons for keeping them.”
The 67 year old already confirmed that he’s working on transfers ahead of next season, so we’ll find out soon enough what irons he has in the fire.