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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal were close to signing Kylian Mbappe last year.
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 that clause is activated, he will become the second most expensive player in the world.
Arsenal were interested in signing him before he joined PSG. However, it appears our Interest dates back to the 2015-2016 season.
Wenger has now revealed that Arsenal were close to sign Mbappe last year.
“I believe that we were on the case last year and he was close. Maybe closer last year than this,” Wenger said ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Bournemouth, as quoted by the Daily Cannon.
“I believe for 10% of players they can go where they want and make a great career. For me he is in the 10%.
“He could close his eyes and choose Madrid, Arsenal, United and he would have a great career. He’s an exceptional player.”
Arsenal’s loss is PSG’s gain as the striker will now don the jersey of the Paris club. By the way, there is no way Arsenal would have competed for Mbappe’s signature this year, with the money that he was signed for
In hindsight, our decision not to push through a deal for him last year has proven to be the wrong one. We would have had a potential Balon D’or winner had Wenger not had cold feet when we had the chance to sign him for nothing.