Arsenal and Manchester City “offered” Kylian Mbappe!

It doesn’t matter who you support it is clear that 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe is the best young talent in World Football. Despite PSG committing themselves to shelling out £166 million this summer following his loan from Monaco, to balance their books and avoid a ban from Europe the Parisians could sell the young French talent.

Mbappe’s talent is clear whether he is donning the red and White of Monaco, the Dark Blue of PSG or the Blue of France. The young Frenchman, who has mainly been deployed wide under Boss Unai Emre has netted 13 goals and 8 assists this campaign.

It is easy for a young player like the Paris native to be overshadowed by the stature of fellow forward Neymar especially with such a heavy price tag hovering above the French Forward, yet Mbappe has taken this all in his stride with the brilliant Brazilian or in his absence following Neymar’s injury in March.

The season previous despite only starting in January, the then Monaco Maestro scored 15 goals and 8 assists combing with Colombian Striker Radamel Falcao in the Middle of the park. This lead cash-rich PSG to splash £166 million on Mbappe,  initially on loan with a permanent deal to be completed in 2018.

Yet with PSG being monitored heavily for breaching Financial fair play rather than sell a plethora of players the higher powers in the French capital may opt to sell the fast French Forward instead. Many sources have already reported that the Parisians have already offered Mbappe’s services to a number of Europe’s Elite.

One of the former Monaco-man’s possible destinations could be across the channel with both Arsenal and Manchester City heavily monitoring Mbappe’s situation. In another Wenger what-if story, the Arsenal boss revealed in September that Mbappe held talks in the Summer over a proposed move to the Emirates in both 2016 and in 2017.

When asked about the transfer the now departing Arsenal boss revealed that “He was close to joining us, maybe closer last year than this year because the competition was a bit smaller than it is today.” 

Should Mbappe become available, one way the Arsenal board could get the fans onboard once again and quell the sometimes near-toxic atmosphere at the Emirates is to buy a big marquee signing. The so-called “second coming of Henry” would be a perfect way to kickstart a new era at the Emirates.

While Arsenal fans may still be sobbing over “the one that got away,” or in fact, the many Premier League Champions Manchester City are also said to be interested in the PSG starlet. With Sergio Aguero seemingly looking to depart the Etihad this summer the higher powers at City interested in the youngster and could see Mbappe as the perfect way to reward Pep for his title win.

Mbappe himself, after being asked if he turned down Pep stated “I didn’t say no to him [Guardiola] but I said no to Manchester City. When I saw him, we talked about tactics, how he could use me. That’s really a coach that feels football.

“He has won everywhere and transmits a passion to you. I love coaches that just talk about football. He’s like the [PSG] coach [Unai] Emery.”

The deal looks likely with Manchester City not lacking in funds, and with German Winger Leroy Sane supposedly good friends with the France International. But should the deal go through it could be curtains for Leicester Winger Riyad Mahrez’s move to Manchester City which failed to materialise in January with stiff competition up front already both with or without Mbappe.

Mbappe himself is no stranger to England having trials with who else but Chelsea who, in typical Chelsea style passed up the chance to sign the then 11-year-old who is now arguably the best French Forward currently in World Football.

Despite the interest between the two parties Spanish Giants, Real Madrid may blow both the two English clubs out the water with a supposed mega-money bid planned for the 19-year-old.

Despite eventually signing for the now French Champions the strongest interest in 2017 for Mbappe’s signature was with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid with a massive overhaul currently planned this summer. In which the former Monaco man is integral to. Mbappe previously revealed that “Cristiano Ronaldo was my hero” before the two sides met in the Champions League Semi-Finals in 2017, a huge boost for Real’s chances of signing the youngster.

With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching only time will tell whether Mbappe’s stock will rise or fall in wake of the tournament. Yet the sheer speed, directness and composure from the simply brilliant Mbappe at times makes his £166 million transfer to PSG look like a snip, yet we could see this amazing attacker on a new stage entirely come Summer’s end.

But where do you think Mbappe will end up? Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City or somewhere else?  Should even PSG sell Mbappe? Let us know in the comments below or contact us on Twitter with your opinions. 

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Lewis Holman
Journalist from London, from Amsterdam to the Ibrox I'll cover it all. Football is the beautiful game and I intend to play it. Heading to the University of Gloucestershire to study sports journalism, follow my adventures!