Why Arsenal are favourites to sign Mbappe (If the rumour is true!)

After Arsene Wenger finally ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year deal with Arsenal, reports emerged claiming that the Frenchman signed the contract after assuring the board that there will be no further hesitation in the transfer market and all transfer deals will be completed early on in the off-season and if reports from L’Equipe are to be believed, Wenger has moved to deliver on those assurances.

The ever-reliable French media outlet is claiming that Arsenal have tabled a club record £87 million offer for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, who helped his club win the Ligue 1 title with 16 goals and 8 assists. The youngster is an Arsenal fan who’s idol happens to be Gunners legend and all-time top-scorer Thierry Henry and L’Equipe claim that this is a factor that will work in Arsenal’s favour in their chase for the much-coveted teenager.

But would Arsenal really bid as much as £87 million for an 18-year-old? Personally, I do not think so. Considering the fact that Real Madrid and Manchester City are also in the race to sign the player, it makes it very difficult to land him. Even if Arsenal were to miraculously match his asking price, there is certainly no chance that the Gunners will be able to compete in terms of wages with the likes of Real and City.

But then again, it all comes down to what the player wants. Considering that he’s only 18, if he wants to grow as a player, working under Wenger at Arsenal will be the best move, given the Arsenal’s manager’s repuation with nurturing young French talent. Moreover, L’Equipe claims that Arsenal’s biggest drawing point is that they can offer to make him the first-choice striker at the club, a privilige that both City and Real are hesitant to offer.

Bizarrely, Gunners legend and fellow Frenchman Robert Pires claimed a couple of months ago that Mbappe would move to Arsenal in the summer with an uncanny confidence. When it comes to French football, L’Equipe is certainly a reliable source and while it may be difficult for any Arsenal fan to fathom that the club have offered £87 million for a teenager, let’s wait and see what happens, although it would be advisable not to get our hopes up too much.


  1. eazyarsenal says:

    the bid has been rejected

    1. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f### says:

      Yeah cos 103m offer from real.madrid an man citys is as good as 87 from europa league arsenal

      Do the club think we’re dumb?

      Tired of this manipulative bollox

      1. Tat says:

        We counter offered with 87 plus 1 cent

        1. Incarnate says:

          For fans paying the highest ticket prices in the world, I’m assuming Mbappe has a buy-out clause, why can’t our club meet it? He is said to be an Arsenal fan, so we can expect he’ll not too think too much about agreeing personal terms, instead our club loves complications. If Alexis wants to leave for Man.City, demand Aguero in return, if for Bayern, demend Douglas Costa or Lewandowski in exchange. I would feel shortchanged if Alexis were to leave for any amount of money, Madrid would not be looking to sell an integral first team player, not even Marcelo to finance Mbappe neither will Man.City be looking to Sell De Bruyne or even Gabriel Jesus to finance him, we are fans not accountants, we should only want the best players around, stop helping the club penny pinch.

      2. Jackyboii says:

        Apparently the Real Madrid offer had a lot of potential add ons and the initial fee was not as much as what we offered. Clearly Monaco still didn’t think that we offered enough but don’t take the reported £105 million at face value.

      3. Midkemma says:

        L’Equipe reported the rejection and cited Telegraph, how did they get to know before L’Equipe?

        As for the bid, do you know that Madrid and City didn’t offer an upfront fee of say… £30 million and the rest add on bonuses?
        If we bid a fee and willing to pay 100% of it in one go then a lower bid may still be accepted due to how much they will get NOW and not MAYBE in 24 months time.

        I do not know one way or the other and I know you do not know either.

  2. OZ11 says:

    Mbappe is no doubt extremely talented, he is alreasy so good and just 18, he definitely has a good future. But I think for sake of his development he should stay in Monaco for a season or 2, in madrid or city he will be a bench warmer for the rest of the season if he doesnt justify his tag in the first few games and that can hamper any 18 year old’s confidence. As for 100m for a teenager I dont know what the hell the world has come to, Real madrid just signed a frickin 16 year old for some 40 mil, God this is not ambition but plain insanity.

    I know winning titles and trophies means a lot to any club but spend some 200 mil and buying a readymade good squad and winning a title just doesnt quench my thirst for glory. I know even after buying the squad one has to play football and win all the matches but still…football is now less of football and more of business, the transfer window is given more importance than the season itself. I dont think spendin some 200 mil and buying everything is right ..it makes me kinda sad but thats all it is now i guess

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Nice thought bro, really sums it up….

      Concerning the Mbappe thing like i said before, i dont want this to be true… for that money, we can get lacazette and Mahrez., call it penny pinching i dont care!!!

      i want us to show ambition, but this is not ambition…

      1. bran99 says:

        Good point, instead of buying one kid for that sort of money, we get those two you mentioned, I’m sure they’ll improve the team.. let Wenger put Mbappe in the I-nearly-signed list, but finished products is all we want at the moment

  3. Guneal says:

    I can’t see how he can improve our current squad.

    I’d rather pay that amount for a 40 year old CR7.

    If Mbappe is a player for the future then I guest the future is too expensive.

  4. Eddy Hoyte says:

    ?????? right from when I saw the news.
    Wenger will bid €50m for Lukaku knowing it’ll be rejected, and a week to transfer deadline, he’ll sign an unknown p
    striker from Bundesliga around the sum of 25million plus. Then tell us, “ehh we tried to sign Mbappe but the club wouldnt do business, you can see we went the money and showed seriousness. and like i’ve always said, there are mo quality strikers available now.”???? Then he’ll sign one player and the fans will keep quiet and shout COYG?????.. you and I know how this is going to end but we are praying Wenger proves us wrong this time.

    Arsene Wenger right mow be like “they rejected the deal, now to phase two”??????

    1. Midkemma says:

      Another idiot who has no clue about AFC.
      It isn’t Wenger who has been tight fisted, it has been Gazidis, the man Wenger has had issues with.

      Wenger wanted Lacazette last time and we bid around £30mil for him, all that Wenger had left to spend in the transfer window and it was rejected, WTF was Gazidis doing by not supporting the manager and finding the extra £10 million or so 12 months ago for a top CF?

      No, instead the ARSENAL BOARD bought Perez and Wenger has never shown any faith in that style of CF, how much game time has Perez had?

      1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:


      2. Kilted Gooner says:

        Good point, it makes you think that Wenger not playing Perez was a statement to the board?

      3. bran99 says:

        Admin, an AKB just called someone idiot, is your moderation system not working against these types of people? thought a warning was gonna pop as it always does when people who don’t support Wenger use a name calling technique.

        1. Admin says:

          I apologse. I actually do have a life and d9nt listen to all you twats 24 hours a day!
          But I promise I will review the 100 comments I have had in the last 4 hours. I promise!

          1. bran99 says:

            Ok sir, apology accepted

      4. jaydawg says:

        Tony Adams and Mark schwarzer were on Talksport today and Adams said had we signed you we would have won the title (way back). Adams says to Schwarzer is it true that your club wanted £200k more and Wenger wouldn’t sign it off. Schwarzer ‘YEP”.

        Blows your theory out the water mate lol

  5. citrenoogeht says:

    Think about it, for one Mbeppe we could get Lacazette + Mahrez + Henry Onyekuru?

    If we had the opportunity of signing Mbappe who’s had one outstanding season for £100m would we be better off in investing the approximate same amount in Lacazette (who is experienced plus proven quality) + Mahrez (bags of skill) + Henry Onyekuru (one for the future)? I know which deal makes more sense to me.

    Is he really worth it?

    1. Midkemma says:

      Lacazette a minimum of £50 million, Aulas has said a fee closer to the £80 million as Griezmann used as example.
      Leicester have quoted £50 million for Mahrez, minimum.

      Lacazette could cost a lot more than what fans are thinking, if clubs get into a bidding war then why wouldn’t it go close to £100 million? He has the goals and the record to perform… and not too old either.

  6. Durand says:

    Nope not happening. Our owner is in process of building new stadium, and already had set backs and delays costing tens of millions.

    The new stadium is for the Rams in Los Angeles, and Kroenke needs Arsenal as financial leverage for his sports club portfolio. He has to ensure Arsenal is successful b/c his other sports franchises are dreadful.

    I expect many top “offers” for players we know won’t come, so they can say hey we tried “for the fans.”

    Wenger said squad strong enough to win title remember? Also said need to keep 90% together. Expect to sign children who won’t speak out or up, Sanchez gone he’s too ambition and demanding of teammates.

    Waiting for Wenger to wring hands we lost Mbappe, but smile and say we have top striker in Giroud, Welbeck is healthy, and Theo’s potential will materialize this year.

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      More reason for Stan? to sell to the Fat Man?
      ?? just take the money and run back to LA.

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    “The ever-reliable French media outlet is claiming”

    mmmm let me give it a go..

    “i am the lovechild of dennis berkgamp and Ian wright [yes they were], and i demand to have my rightful place in Arsenal’s frontline, as of this moment”

  8. Adam Criniti says:

    Kinda OT, but I am absolutely amazed @ the amount of incredible talent rolling out of Monaco recently. There’s a realistic chance they could lose more than half of there Ligue 1 winning starting eleven this summer.


    Almost $400 million in transfer fees most likely earned within a five year span

    On the flip side Sanchez and maybe Bellerin are the only current Arsenal players that could fetch that kind of cash.


    1. HA559 says:

      Kondogbia has gone to INter Milan 2 years ago and he has turned into a flop. I remember many people wanting Arsenal to sign that guy, he’s awful.

      Lemar is the only one we can sign with a decent £30m+ offer. He would be a good addition too to play behind a striker, would suit the new 3-4-2-1 we have. Then we can even put Sanchez upfront (if he stays). He has done as much good in the UCL as Mbappe as well, but media prefer to get excited about Mbappe because he is young and quick.

      Get him and a £50m striker and we will be good to go, even if Sanchez leaves. If sSanchez doesn’t leave then you can offset that cost of striker some what by selling Walcott and Giroud and Perez, we all know he wants to leave.

    2. ArseOverTit says:

      they wear red and white right?
      then lets just get usmanov too buy them and their manager and we can rename them as the
      “Real Woolwhich Arsenal all stars”. Then we can maybe buy Sanchez from the old Arsenal formerly a football club but now a sports brand!

      1. bran99 says:

        ??? don’t say we should buy Wenger as well for our new team ???

  9. Arsenal_Girl says:

    For £100-125 million we could get Lacazette, Mahrez and Blaise Matuidi

    Not to mention using money from offloading Sanogo, Jenkinson, Debuchy, Szczesny or Ospina, Campbell, Lucas

    1. ks-gunner says:

      Quality over quantity

      We dont need to save money, we need players who can make a diff

    2. Adam Criniti says:

      Wenger I believe recently stated that he would prefer to keep 90% of the team and that it was strong enough to compete for the EPL title.

      What am I missing that makes these players imperative pieces to the Arsenal title puzzle in 17/18

      Jack W($15)
      Sanagao ($0)

      That’s roughly $95M in deadwood transfer fees that Arsenal could buy Lacazette, Lemar, and Oneyrku with. Add Matuidi for $20-25M, Kolansic(free) and a promising young British RB and GK for around $15-20M and this would be the best window in the history of Arsenal as well as a watershed day for the future of the club


      With Ramsey, Mustafi, Ox, Nacho, Welbeck, BFG, Santi on the bench, Arsenal could field a very competitive squad in all competitions.

  10. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    I stopped reading at £87m. Obviously a lie if anyone says Wenger would bid that.

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      It’s a publicity stunt mate, to trick the fans into believing that Wenger means business, when he clearly doesn’t.
      The bid was genuine but the intentions wasn’t. If I already knew that City & Real Madrid have both had £105 million bids rejected for Mbappe, I’m sure as hell that Wenger knew that too. Hence him bidding way under with £87 million.

      Lamar is more realistic @ £25-27 million.

  11. Poly. Ajoko says:

    The last contribution is perfect. Arsene has been a good dribbler of fans over the years. Every year he moves into the market and deliberately prices every available quality good player without intention of buying. His right intension each time is to keep the fans busy discussing on high hopes all season. When the window is about closing and every fan is tired, you hear him announce one unknown player and heap all praises on him as potentially quality.
    He will add that he did not find better quality in the market and anytime he sees one he will pay any price.

    1. bran99 says:

      Good analysis.. and he uses the term top top player.. when he uses top thrice, then know that he’s out of words already

  12. GunnerSince2004 says:

    Oh my fellow AFC fans, you never seize to amaze me. If we buy this kid for 87 million GBP this transfer, not only will he improve our team performace (imagine Mbappe supported by Sanchez & Ozil with Sead and Hector as the wing backs to also chip in!) but even if he decides to leave for Madrid or City or whatever, we can probably sell him on for what will be the then transfer record of above 200 mill GBP! Its a win win situation, the kid’s an asset.

    1. Robert Newton says:

      Agreed Kroenke needs to buy this kid.

    2. HA559 says:

      You know that is the only reason I see why Arsenal would bid that much for him, so even in a few seasons time he has high sale value.

      But to be honest I don’t think Arsenal will ever bid that much for a player.

  13. Robert Newton says:

    We need to buy Mbappe at any cost. He could be sold for 300 m pounds in the future. He is only 18 and is already better player than when Ronaldo and Messi were 18.

    1. ks-gunner says:

      Sell him for what reason?

      1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

        The Barcelona reason?

  14. ks-gunner says:

    Arsenal and being fav is a jk knowing that even players like Vardy have rejected us, hahah, which says a lot

  15. Robert Newton says:

    If we can’t get Mbappe we should sign Lacazette and Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund.

  16. xhaka16 says:

    when is dat kolasinic boi coming na

  17. RSH says:

    lol, it’s all fake nonsense. We offer less than Real Madrid, why would Monaco accept that bid? If it’s true it’s just another stunt by the club.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Arsene was on his case last season too, I think it’s fair to say he wants him. There’ll be a ceiling on what we can offer, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want him or would even waste our time pretending to want him.

      1. RSH says:

        Well we can’t be serious about getting him if we’re offering less money than other clubs that want him. Remember we can’t negotiate with Mbappe directly until we get a bid accepted by his parent club. And of course we had a better chance at getting Mbappe last season when nobody knew who he was and he was cheap. Now he’s the most expensive teenager ever.

  18. Joseph says:

    Deluded fans we are;-

  19. Yossarian says:

    It seems like there are loads of very good players that can be bought this transfer window with a big wad of cash, but as usual Wenger thinks this team “Can challenge for the title” with “Only one or two additions” and that’s exactly what we’ll get.

    Maybe Kolasinac (If that’s even actually happening), maybe Henry Onyekuru (If the work permit problems can be overcome), or another two players of similar standing. And maybe somebody like Mahrez for a bargain price at the end of the window, if Leicester can’t get their asking price from anybody else.

    No matter how much money the club has available for transfers, Wenger simply doesn’t like competing with other teams for top players. Get ready for more of the usual excuses.

  20. Break-on-through says:

    We should offer the most because god only knows how much the top players are gonna cost further down the road. If we can’t get them now we’ll never get them.

  21. Abraham says:

    we all know that wenger in his right senses won’t pour £87m on a 18 yr old. He was critical of the money man United paid for a young Anthony martial.. not le monseur!!!!

  22. Carlos Da Silva says:

    why does Wenger insist on being f2p instead of p2w?

  23. Ronny says:

    If you’re going to buy him and nurture him to stay for 10 years the he’s worth the risk at 100m, maybe.

    But its like buying a house when the markets good.
    What a if mbappe for some reason just can’t take to the pl or he has a horrific injury that keeps for ages and when he comes back he’s not the same player.
    100m investment could become 15m to 20m with an injury.
    I suspect the players incomes to a point are covered by insurance for when their injured but insurance against injury for loss of player value, does it exist?
    This is why I believe Wenger will never buy a player that is up and coming, known to all and has come off the back of a hot season.
    We should be thinking who was amazing two seasons ago? Why weren’t they good last season and could their form be turned around?
    This is the player Wenger will be looking for, along with clubs that need to balance the books or have missed on cl,(hey that’s us!!)

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