There is an element of good news and an element of bad news, from an Arsenal fan’s point of view, in these latest transfer rumours from Spain which suggest that our Premier League rivals Manchester city are looking to splash some of their incredible wealth on the transfer of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
Sky Sports are reporting that people from Man City are working very hard to persuade the young striker and his representatives that working under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad stadium would be the best way to develop his prodigious talent.
If this story is true then the best outcome for the Gunners would be for them to fail and for the France international to either stay where he is or to decide to sign for one of the other clubs outside the English Premier League, with PSG and Real Madrid strongly linked.
The fact that City are trying to sign him is good news for Arsenal as it tells me that they have given up on getting Alexis Sanchez, this summer at least, so Wenger’s defiant statements on not selling to a rival would appear to be true.
However we do not want Mbappe joining City as that would mean our own transfer hopes were dashed and we would have the extra pain of having him strengthen a rival and be playing against us.