Arsenal may just have won the battle to sign the most sought after player in the summer transfer window with a mega money deal to bring the young France international star Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium from his current club AS Monaco in the south of France.
Anyone who pays much attention to the twice yearly goings on of transfers between football clubs will be able to read between the lines of what the Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim is reported by Metro as saying about his prolific and highly rated striker.
In the language of football people Jardim has pretty much declared that Mbappe is moving on and so it could be just a short amount of time before we hear an official announcement, although Jardim did not say which club the Frenchman would be moving to.
He said, ‘I think that the club and him will make the best decision.
‘Every trainer in the world wants to keep their best players, but it’s not always possible.
‘We will see what happens but the most important thing now is to focus 100 per cent on our work, and to help develop the youngsters and later we will see who we have.’
Real Madrid have also been heavily linked with the 18-year old forward but their president Florentino Perez put their own transfer hopes on the back burner this week when he suggested that it was not going to happen because their current squad may have too much competition up front for what the still developing Mbappe wants.
Has Jardim just told Arsenal fans what we want to hear?