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Wenger confirms interest in French wonderkid

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Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe but the price-tag placed on the youngster will make any deal difficult to complete.

The 18-year-old has taken the Ligue 1 and Champions League by storm this season, netting 23 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions so far, and is said to have attracted the attentions of several top European clubs.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are thought to be keen on the France international and are all reportedly ready to offer Monaco £85million plus add-ons this summer for the young star. However, the Ligue 1 club have slapped a £100million asking price and are confident of keeping him for another season

Wenger has also admitted his interest in Mbappe, but says the Gunners say they could be muscled out by clubs with more financial potential:

Quoted in the Daily Mail, Wenger told SFR Sport:

“It would be hypocritical and a lie to say we’re not following him.

“But he’s perhaps already in the category of clubs who perhaps have more financial potential than us.”

While Mbappe has drawn a lot of interest, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyey insisted they don’t need to sell their prized assets:

“We do not need to sell, the budget is balanced. ‘For the moment, not a single player has told me that they want to leave.”

Needless to say, Mbappe would be a quality signing for the Gunners this summer, but it looks highly unlikely to happen.

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