Arsenal are reportedly ready to increase their bid for AS Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe to a world-record £95 million.
According to the Sunday Express, despite seeing an £87 million offer rejected, the Gunners will not be deterred in their pursuit of football’s brightest prospect.
“Monaco have already knocked back an offer of £105 million, but…the Gunners offered a bigger upfront payment for Mbappe,” the Sunday Express reported, also noting that Manchester City and Manchester United are also keen to acquire the 18-year-old.
Mbappe burst on to the scene with the principality outfit in 2016-17, helping them to the Ligue 1 title as well as being influential on their journey to the Semi Finals of the Champions League where they were sent packing by Italian Champions Juventus. It’s been a long time since a footballer so young triggered so much buzz.
Mbappe has got everything you’d want from a centre-forward. He’s strong and explosive, meaning he’s rarely bullied by opposition defenders. There’s intelligence to his work too, as the Monaco man is so astute in his movement in the penalty area, meaning team-mates can consistently find him in space.
Monaco will be determined to keep Mbappe around for a while yet, though. The youngster only established himself as a guaranteed first-team player in the second half of the season and still has refinements to make to his game. The Stade Louis II feels like the right place to continue that process.
With the FIFA World Cup to come next summer, Mbappe would benefit from another year of stability, and Monaco would be able to command an enormous fee if he impressed in Russia. That means Arsenal and other suitors are set to be frustrated.