You really do have to admire Arsenal’s chutzpah. They dally around in the transfer market for years, and then when they finally drop out of the Champions League they start thinking about making a world record bid.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are serious about their interest in Kylian Mbappe. Steve Stammers writes that Arsene Wenger has spoken to Mbappe’s father to try and persuade him that Arsenal would be the best place for his continued development.
Wenger also told Wilfried Mbappe that his son will struggle for regular first-team football at Real Madrid, and so would advise against a move.
The assumption is that Real Madrid are the likeliest suitors for a player who could cost as much as £120m, but Arsenal have submitted their interest to Monaco.
Stammers believes that Arsenal will launch a £125m bid this week for Mbappe.
Now we’re not trying to pour cold water over all of this (OK we are, actually), but we prefer to take our inside information on Arsenal from David Ornstein (BBC), Amy Lawrence (Guardian), John Cross (Mirror) and James Olley (Evening Standard). Not one of those journalists has mentioned this bid.
Let’s just say Stammers has previous for these big Sunday claims. Last June he wrote that ‘Arsene Wenger has put Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez on his wanted list’. Funnily enough that isn’t mentioned when discussing Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Alexandre Lacazette.
Prince Albert II on France 2: 'We're doing everything to keep (Mbappe). There are talks, he wants to stay, I think we'll reach an agreement'
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) July 1, 2017