By Derek Smithson
Ian Wright has revealed that he would rather Arsenal tried to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer over Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe.
AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma is regarded as one of the best young talents in European football and has already made 72 senior appearances for the Italian giants.
The 18-year-old is seen as the the natural successor to Gianluigi Buffon for Italy and is expected to have a bright future in the game.
However, Arsenal have been widely linked with Monaco forward Mbappe, with the Telegraph reporting they had a £87million bid turned down.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a breakout year at Monaco last season, scoring 26 goals and supplying 14 assists in just 44 appearances.
Arsenal legend Wright has explained that he would prefer his former side try to capture Donnarumma over Mbappe, despite both being regarded as future stars.
“As much as I’d love to see Mbappe at The Arsenal, I’d much rather us have a blast at getting Donnarumma,” Wright wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Arsenal currently have experienced shot stopper Petr Cech as their number one, while David Ospina has proven to be a strong back-up option.
Arsene Wenger is under extreme pressure to deliver at the Emirates Stadium from fans after being handed a two-year contract extension.
The manager would be making a real statement if they splashed out on a marquee signing, while keeping the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is also crucial.
Donnarumma has proven himself to be capable in Serie A during the past couple of seasons and is the first-choice option at the San Siro.
The teenage shot stopper made 41 appearances across all competitions last season and kept 12 clean sheets in return.
He has also already achieved his first piece of silverware after winning the Italian Super Cup, where he was was the hero during a penalty shootout win over Juventus.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Besiktas are plotting a move for the club’s 24-year-old.