Arsene Wenger has poured scorn on the idea that Kylian Mbappé needs to think carefully about where he moves to – if he moves – saying the price-tag will mean he’s going to be a regular at whatever club he joins.
His comments come in the wake of France manager Didier Deschamps sending a warning to the 18 year old to think carefully about his future and his development – perhaps worried he might get swallowed up in a big club like Real Madrid.
Those concerns did not appear to be shared by the Arsenal boss, who said, “Where do you think he might finish? Somewhere where he has a good chance to play and is sure to play. That is why I think Deschamps made that statement.
“He thinks that he needs to play but I would say as well on the other hand that the boy has made enough impression to be basically sure a club who spends a 100 million for you is basically to make at the start at least the red carpet.
“Nobody will buy a player for a 100 million and say, “Come on, sit in the stands.”
The rumour mill is in overdrive with suggestions that Arsenal are prepared to increase the €100m bid that Monaco rejected last week, while Real Madrid are also digging deeper into their coffers to tempt the Ligue Un club into a sale.
Mbappé is to hold talks with Monaco after returning from international duty, with his future set to be sorted then.