He’s the kid that everyone is talking about, the 18-year-old striker with the world at his feet and money being thrown at him by top clubs across the continent.
So do Arsenal, the Europa League version, stand a chance of signing Kylian Mbappe?
According to a family member interviewed by Le Parisien, if the Gunners pull off the summer’s biggest transfer coup it’ll be down to Arsene Wenger.
“Kylian is thinking he either goes to an intermediate club or he goes directly to a large club,” said the family member.
“The goal though is clear, to sign for one of the two biggest clubs in the world, Real or Barcelona, before he is 22-years-old.
“Wenger is a great man. If Kylian signs tomorrow for Arsenal, it will be down to him.
“He has the experience of shaping young talent, especially former France strikers like Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. The Europa League is not an obstacle in itself.”
Having failed in an attempt to sign the player last summer, Arsenal are believed to have had a recent €100 million offer rejected by Monaco, who’ve also dismissed a higher bid from Real Madrid. The likes of Paris Saint Germain, Chelse and Manchester City are also thought to be waiting in the wings.
Obviously, we’ve no idea of the identity of this family member or whether they wield any influence. Worryingly for Arsenal, Le Parisien also claim super agent Jorge Mendes could work in an unofficial capacity with both the player and Monaco over a future move. Hmm.