How Kylian Mbappe could have ended up at Arsenal amid £137m transfer bid from Real Madrid

Real Madrid have seen a £137million offer for Kylian Mbappe turned down by Paris Saint-Germain, according to various news outlets.

Mbappe, who is well renowned as one of football’s biggest talents, has less than 12 months remaining on his contract with PSG and wants to leave before the transfer window shuts.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo confirmed the bid from Madrid and spoke about the France international’s desire to leave the Parc des Princes.

He said to French radio station RMC Sport: “We consider the offer as being very far from what Kylian is worth today.

“If a player wants to leave, it must be under our terms. This applies not just to Kylian, but to all players.

“If he wants to go, we are not going to hold him back, but it is on our terms.”

Mbappe, who has scored 108 goals in 151 appearances in Ligue 1 for both PSG and AS Monaco, could have seen a very different career path if Arsene Wenger got his wish a few years ago.

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The former Arsenal boss, when speaking to BeIN Sports in 2017, spoke about how he was personally trying to lure Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, but Monaco managed to keep hold of the talented forward.

“The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger said.



Arsene Wenger tried bringing Kylian Mbappe to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger tried bringing Kylian Mbappe to Arsenal

“Because he was at the end of his contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.

“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”

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Mbappe himself spoke about meeting Wenger, when explaining his decision to move to Paris in 2018.

He said: “I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger.

“He is French, he’s had a great career and now he is free because he has left Arsenal.

“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make.

“It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”

Things could have been so different for Arsenal and Mbappe – and it could have been that the Gunners were set for a £100m+ windfall this summer.

Source by Football London

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