Arsenal have made a £123 million Kylian Mbappe bid, according to Spain’s Marca newspaper.
The newspaper claims the new Mbappe bid is in the region of €140m, which converts to around £123m.
The 18-year-old Monaco star is wanted by several teams in Europe, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsene Wenger has already expressed his interest in the youngster, but the reported bid seems like more money than Wenger would want to spend.
The club have already signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for £46.5m, and have been rebuffed for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Wenger is in the market for more attacking talent, especially if the club are forced to sell Alexis Sanchez.
While Monaco are happy to sell the teenage sensation, they have already said the club will not sell to Ligue 1 rivals PSG. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are attempting to raise funds to sign Mbappe and are shopping around players. Mateo Kovacic is one player that has been made available, and Madrid have contacted Tottenham about his availability already. The Champions League winners have also loaned out James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich, which will open up cash for Mbappe’s wages; if he agrees a deal.
Speaking earlier this summer, Wenger spoke about Mbappe’s possible transfer.
“Where do you think he [Mbappe] might finish? Somewhere where he has a good chance to play and is sure to play.
“Didier Deschamps [the France boss] thinks that he needs to play, but I would say as well on the other hand that the boy has made enough impression to be basically sure a club who spends a 100 million for you is basically to make at the start at least the red carpet.
“Nobody will buy a player for a 100 million and say, ‘Come on, sit in the stands.'”