Arsenal stand a realistic chance of signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco this summer, the Telegraph reports, but with a €130 million to €140 million price tag on his head, Arsene Wenger could turn to Alexandre Lacazette or Thomas Lemar instead.
Monaco have already rejected a €120m offer for Mbappe from Real Madrid, leaving Arsenal with no choice but to beat it. However, the 18-year-old is said to regard Wenger’s prowess for developing young talent highly.
The Gunners’ hand could be strengthened by sales, with Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and joining Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny on the list of potential departures that would generate funds.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reckons Manchester City are hopeful of beating Chelsea and Bayern Munich to signing Sanchez by making a £50m bid and offering £300,000-a-week wages.
Although Arsenal want to hold on to the Chile international and have offered a £275,000-a-week contract extension, a lack of Champions League football could count against them, especially if, as reported, Pep Guardiola has identified him as City’s top target.
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