Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, the world’s most expensive teenager Kylian Mbappe, who left As Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain this summer for £166m, claims that Arsenal tried to sign him also.
Kylian Mbappe to PSG one of the transfer sagas of the summer in what was a crazy summer of transfers
Staggering sums of money and Europe’s top clubs all chasing one of Europe’s hottest properties – the saga had it all.
Mbappe took the football world by storm last season firing AS Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and into the Champions League quatre-finals.
Subsequently, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and PSG all battled over the summer for his signature.
Eventually, the mercurial, Frenchman chose to remain in his home country and signed for Paris Saint-Germain.
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Aged 11, Kylian Mbappe spent time at Chelsea, training with the club.
“It was a wonderful experience. Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me.”
He played one game for the club’s under-12 side, along with Tammy Abraham – who is currently on loan at Swansea City.
He wore the number 10 shirt with “Kylian” on the back.
“We played against Charlton, I think, and we won maybe seven or eight nil.
I also got to meet some of the first-team players – Drogba, Malouda – the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them.
I always thought: ‘I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game.’”
“I met with Arsene Wenger”
Arsenal were strong contenders for the signature of Kylian Mbappe.
Manager Arsene Wenger has held a long-term interest in signing Kylian Mbappe.
The French forward has admitted that he met with Arsene Wenger this summer.
“Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,
He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.”