Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied making a world record bid for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, insisting to Arsenal.com that the French international will stay at the Stade Louis II next season.
When asked if Mbappe would stay, he replied: “It looks like that. Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end people don’t move.” And after being asked about the reported world record bid made by Arsenal, Wenger said: “That’s not true. People have big imaginations.
“What we know now with Mbappe is it’s over £100m, after that it’s free for everyone to imagine. But we have not made any offer. I think he will stay, it looks like that, for one more season.” The 18-year-old is coming off the back of a standout campaign with Monaco, scoring 15 goals and helping the side to the Ligue 1 title.
He’s been linked closely to Arsenal and Real Madrid this summer but neither side have managed to agree terms with the player or the club. Kylian Mbappe is 7/2 to join Arsenal and looks more likely to remain at Monaco for one more season, perhaps to ensure he’s regularly playing to stay in the France squad for the 2018 World Cup next summer.