Wenger reveals how close Arsenal came to signing Kylian Mbappe


Arsene Wenger says he met with striking hotshot Kylian Mbappe at his home last year as he looked to take advantage of the fact the Monaco man’s contract was coming to an end.

The Arsenal manager has been quite vocal in his admiration of the 18 year old, speaking more than once about how he was a player the club had been watching very closely.

Just how close wasn’t know until now, however, with Wenger saying, “The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here.

“He was at the end of his contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.

“I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”

As for a deal being done in the future, Wenger didn’t sound especially hopeful.

“Can Arsenal get him? I don’t know, that’s down to him,” he said.

“You know certainly as I do that today he will decide where he goes and say: Real Madrid? Maybe. Barcelona? Maybe. Arsenal? Manchester? He can go where he wants.

“So I don’t know what is his deep aspirations but maybe the best thing for him is to stay one more year at Monaco.”

If Monaco have anything to do with it, he’ll be going nowhere, with vice-president Vadim Vasilyev saying, “Mbappe has no price. He is like a son.

“We would like him to stay and I think he also wants that.”

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