The 18-year-old striker is one of the continent’s hottest properties after scoring 22 goals in his debut season at the Monte Carlo club so far.
Anybody even mildly familiar with Arsene Wenger’s business in the transfer market over the years will know that the Frenchman has claimed to have been close to signing some of football’s biggest stars at one point or another.
The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Leo Messi were all allegedly being watched by the Frenchman before they became superstars, and now we can apparently add Mbappé to that list.
And according to Wenger, he even went to Mbappé’s house to try and force through the move.
He was quoted in the Metro as saying: “The player 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.”
As you can imagine, the comments have generated a certain type of response on social media:
Reports that Arsene Wenger tried to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer and even went to his house to try and push through a Arsenal move… pic.twitter.com/jzc3uL0lI8
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 4, 2017
Arsene Wenger: "People get annoyed when I say who I've nearly signed."
Inner Wenger: "Tell them how you nearly signed Mbappé.' pic.twitter.com/AiXrTPLP5Q
— NOW TV Sport (@NOWTVSport) May 4, 2017
QUOTE: Arsene Wenger: "I went to Kylian Mbappé's house last year, and he almost signed for Arsenal." ? pic.twitter.com/mwklPyqoK3
— SPORF (@Sporf) May 5, 2017
Wenger: "You know I was really really close to signing Mbappe & Higuain"
But you signed Giroud & Sanogo instead. Take cyanide mate.
— RIP Arsenal FC (@SerialWUM) May 3, 2017
— James K Paterson (@JKPaterson) May 5, 2017
Wenger said he was extremely close to signing Mbappe last summer.
We go through this every year. ?
— Sheen Lee (@SheenKL) May 5, 2017
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