By Russell Edge
Arsenal great Robert Pires is convinced the club will win the mega-money race to sign Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old French forward has become the most talked about young player in world football after an outstanding season in which he has fired his side into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The Times claim Mbappe is rated at an incredible £110million by his club Monaco as a result of his staggering goalscoring exploits at such a tender age.
Kylian Mbappé is the youngest player in the 21st century to reach 15 career league goals.
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In 38 appearances this season, he has managed to score 23 goals for Monaco, including five times in Europe.
Mbappe scored twice against Manchester City and three times against German side Dortmund on their way to the Champions League semi-finals, where they will come up against Italian side Juventus
Arsenal meanwhile exited Europe at the hands of Bayern Munich in a 10-2 aggregate defeat, although former Gunner Pires, who assists Arsene Wenger with coaching duties at Arsenal and is close to the long-term manager, believes that his fellow countryman will sign for the North London club.
Pires told betting company Bwin: “I do think Arsenal will sign him. Mbappe has the potential to play for Arsenal and Wenger is the right manager to manage him.”
However, the 79-time-capped France international was quick to quash comparisons to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Mbappe would be following in Henry’s footsteps, moving to North London from the French south coast side, but Pires is adamant that it is too early to mention both in the same breath.
“To compare the two players would be unfair,” said the 43-year-old.
“The comparison is unnecessary, he’s not ready to be compared to Thierry.”
In other Arsenal news, Karen Brady believes the Gunners will seal a £50m transfer this summer.