Mbappe for free? Wenger reveals how close Arsenal came

Date published: Thursday 18th February 2021 12:33

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he went to Kylian Mbappe’s home in attempt to sign him on a free for Arsenal.

The PSG star made a splash on Tuesday with his stunning hat-trick against Barcelona, increasing speculation that he will move to Liverpool. Jamie Carragher certainly thinks it’s a possibility.


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But Wenger claims he would currently be an Arsenal player, had he managed to persuade him to join from Monaco.

“We can talk about Mbappe, I was at his home when he was undecided whether to extend his contract with Monaco,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He could have come to Arsenal for free. I would say every club is full of histories like that.

“You go to Milan, to Manchester, Arsenal, Chelsea there are these kind of stories everywhere.”

It is not the first time Wenger has claimed other world class players came close to joining the Gunners, confirming stories about the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He [Ronaldo] was very close to joining us,” Wenger added. ” The bad luck for us was that Carlos Queiroz joined Man Utd [as assistant manager] and in a week he persuaded [Sir Alex] Ferguson to buy Ronaldo. He was quite a good buy at the time.

“We wanted to make the trio of Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique. They are a 1987 generation who played all together. Pique played in midfield at the time and in the end he decided to go to Man Utd, Fabregas joined us and Barcelona were clever enough to keep Messi.”

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