As 101 covered at the beginning of the month, Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a sensational move for world-class attacker Kylian Mbappe when he becomes a free agent next summer following the expiration of his PSG deal.
Since then, fellow Premier League side Liverpool have also been linked.
PSG, meanwhile, want Mbappe to sign a new deal with them or leave this summer, so they do not lose him for free next year when his contract runs out.
This would be a big blow for Arsenal as they could not afford to pay a transfer sum on top of his high wages.
Now, Ben Jacobs has provided an update on the Mbappe situation, whilst also mentioning Liverpool and Arsenal’s links:
“It’s quite tense currently between PSG and Kylian Mbappe. Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to know in a matter of days whether Mbappe is prepared to sign a new deal. If not, PSG will hold an internal meeting to discuss what price to put him on the market for this summer,” Jacobs said.
“PSG are adamant Mbappe won’t leave on a free next summer, but the player himself continues to indicate he wants to stay at PSG this season. It’s a bit of a power struggle, with a lot of games, and it’s all playing out in public.
“Right now PSG are just waiting on Mbappe. But if there is no breakthrough they will actively put him on the market. Real Madrid would still prefer to wait until next summer and sign Mbappe on a free, but would consider moving now if the price is right.
“Quite clearly if it’s sky high, with wages and agent fees on top, there will be very few clubs able to afford the deal – probably only the Saudi ones, and Mbappe does not appear to have any interest in moving to the Saudi Pro League. What I am told, though, is PIF dealmakers would love to take him for a year, even knowing he would then leave for Real or elsewhere. But Mbappe wants to compete in the Champions League and not take a one-season exodus from it.
“Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with Mbappe but neither are actively considering him.”