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Arsene Wenger has confirmed he was interested in signing Kylian Mbappe in the just concluded transfer window but couldn’t compete financially for the striker.
The talented teenager completed a big money move to PSG on deadline day but the French club was just one of the numerous clubs that were interested in the striker.
Mbappe’s move to PSG is a loan move with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for £166m and by the time the permanent purchase clause is activated, he will become the second most expensive player in the world behind Neymar.
Arsenal were one of the clubs interested in the young striker and we reportedly had a €100m rejected at the start of the summer. However,Wenger has now revealed why the club didn’t continue to pursue a move for the striker.
The boss revealed that the reason for this was financial, saying: “€180 million (or £166m) is a bit high for us”.
No doubt, there is no way Arsenal would have competed for Mbappe’s signature, considering the money that PSG eventually agreed to pay, even Madrid weren’t crazy enough to spend such.
It was only this summer that we broke our club record transfer with the purchase of Alexandre Lacazette for £52m and a deal for Mbappe would have cost three times more than that.
Crazy! I must say.
The transfer window is turning into something else. Let the countdown to the first £1b player begin.