Wenger confirms failed attempt to sign £89m+ Champions League hotshot – report
By Matt Bullin
Arsene Wenger has revealed he visited Kylian Mbappe’s home last year in an attempt to persuade him to make the switch to Arsenal.
The Gunners boss had wanted to sign the French wonderkid before he signed a contract extension at Monaco in March 2016.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, as quoted by The Sun, Wenger said of Mbappe: “[He] would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here.
“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 has burst onto the scene at Monaco this season, scoring 14 goals and providing eight assists in 25 Ligue 1 appearances.
However it is in the Champions League where the 18-year-old has really caught the eye, scoring five goals in eight games this term, including a memorable brace at Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.
There a host of top European clubs hot on the trail of Mbappe, although Man City and Real Madrid are the only ones to have made an official approach.
However Man United and PSG were also said to be circling, and now it seems Arsenal are interested too.
According to The Sun, Monaco’s asking price for the teenager is upwards of the £89million paid by United for Paul Pogba last summer, however this is unlikely to put off Europe’s elite.
Despite still being a teenager Mbappe has already been capped twice by the senior French side.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club’s chances of signing his striker have been dealt a serious blow.