Arsene Wenger appears to have signalled an end to his pursuit of Kylian Mbappe after stating he believes the 18-year-old will stay at Monaco for at least another season.
The France international has been the subject of interest from a host of top European clubs with Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City all thought to have made approaches.
It’s believed Wenger sat down with the player for three hours earlier in the summer before lodging a bid in excess of €100 million. His club were quick to rebuff the approach.
Asked whether he’d returned with a bid of £123 million for Mbappe, Wenger replied:
“That’s not true. People have a big imagination. What we know now with Mbappe is that it [his valuation] is over £100 [million], after it’s free to imagine what you want. We have not made any offer.
“It looks like that [he will stay at Monaco], yeah. Too much choice maybe, so in the end people don’t move.”
Last night Mbappe took to social media to make an announcement about his future, only to tease everyone that it was about a new pair of boots he’ll be wearing this season.
Fair play to the lad, at least he’s not taking himself too seriously. Whether Arsenal get a shot at trying to sign Mbappe again remains to be seen, but for now it looks this is one deal that definitely won’t be happening.