If the Arsenal transfer rumours are true then Arsene Wenger and the club’s transfer team (assuming we even have one) tried to get this deal done last summer, but were unsuccessful. Back then Kylian Mbappe was just a promising 17-year old who had played just 14 games for AS Monaco and scored just single goal, whereas now he is one of the hottest young forwards around and Arsenal are not going to find it easy to secure his transfer, but according to a Metro report it appears we are serious about trying.
The report reveals that Arsenal sent our chief scout in France, the former Gunners midfield star Gilles Grimandi, to the Champions League clash between Monaco and Man City on Wednesday, where he could not fail to have been impresses by the youngster who has even been likened to our old superstar Thierry Henry.
There were other players that Grimandi may have been scouting but is seems that Mbappe is the one we are most keen on, but if we are to bid for him this summer it does not mean we will sign him. For one thing we have Monaco saying they do not intend to sell, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Their vice-president said, “Mbappe is a product of our youth academy. He is our DNA. I am very proud.
“We have a real team. The first half was excellent — the sort of performance that the very top teams make.”
For another thing, the excellent form of the forward this season, with 17 goals so far, has attracted interest from a number of big clubs. I have seen the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Man United linked with him, so can Arsenal beat them to this transfer?