Arsenal Rumoured to be in for Monaco Star
Rumours are terrible things and can often be dismissed without too much excitement, however, once a rumour starts and fans get a sniff of it, anything could happen.
Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is the man all the talk is about right now for Gunners fans after the 18-year-olds impressive performances for the principality side this season.
The talented youngster has found the back of the net fifteen times this season and now everyone is linking their club to the attacker.
However, there is perhaps a little more credence to Arsenal’s claim. Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi was in the stands for Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II on Wednesday and no doubt with a remit to keep a watchful eye on Mbappe.
Also, Mbappe is exactly the kind of player Wenger likes to sign, that may be loose link but it is undeniably true and the Gunners could offer Mbappe first team football and no doubt a hefty wage increase.
At eighteen, he would be a long-term prospect but the way he has performed means Monaco would not allow the youngster to leave on the cheap.
Arsene’s reluctance to spend big is no secret and the fact that his own future is undecided will all play a major role, however, if he does decide to stay on (the board have made it clear there is a two-year deal on the table for Wenger) a big signing will be required to appease fans and Mbappe would fit the bill nicely.
Arsenal will have a fight on their hands however, but checking out a BettingLounge article may help give a clearer indication of the where the Frenchman would like to ply his trade with a big move on the cards.
It seems many young players are fast tracked into the limelight and those that can handle the pressure early on, tend to go on to have very lucrative careers (just ask Neymar Jr).
But it is important to remember that this is still Mbappe’s first season in Ligue 1 and there is every possibility he may opt to stay put.
Whatever happens, Mbappe appears to be the real deal and there will be plenty of temptations, a move to the Gunners would actually make sense as Wenger is well known for protecting young talent.
The issue is that sometimes, young talent doesn’t need protecting, it needs to be allowed to play its own game and Wenger may be his own worst enemy in his bid to sign the youngster.