Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal have not tabled a bid for Kylian Mbappe but revealed that he has learned it will cost more than £100million to prise him from Monaco.
The 18-year-old French sensation has been at the heart of transfer window speculation, and has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer.
Despite recent rumours, the Gunners boss claimed that the club hasn’t made any offers for the teenage starlet and said that he believes Mbappe will stay at Monaco.
After Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers during a pre-season friendly on Saturday, Wenger said that people have imagined a bid from the north London club.
The Daily Mail quoted the manager speaking after the match, and when asked about Arsenal’s bid for Mbappe he said: “That’s not true. People have a big imagination. What we know now is that Mbappe is over £100m and after that it’s free to imagine what you want.”
Most recently, Sky Sports reported that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was working hard to sign the young Monaco forward but stated that Real Madrid were favourites to sign the star ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Wenger believes that Mbappe has had too many offers and will instead stay with the Ligue 1 outfit for another year.
The Arsenal boss was quoted by the Daily Mail and made it clear that he hadn’t tabled a bid for the striker: “We have not made any offer.
“I think he will stay, it looks like that. One more season. Maybe he has too much choice. In the end, people don’t move.”
Wenger has made two signings during the summer transfer window and has recruited Sead Kolasinac for free from Schalke in addition to sealing a mega-money deal for Alexandre Lacazette.
Both of Wenger’s new additions made their debut during the club’s pre-season tour in Australia, with Lacazette even netting a goal in his first appearance.