Arsenal are reported to be on the verge of tabling a world-record bid for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the 18-year-old, who is the hottest prospect in European football after lighting up Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season.
According to an article in the Sunday Express, Wenger has identified Mbappe as his primary target and will go all out to land him ahead of a host of potential suitors, by bidding a huge £95 million.
What impact could Mbappe have at the Emirates?
With 26 goals from 44 appearances in all competitions this campaign, Mbappe has proved why he is so highly rated.
At just 18, he is already spearheading a Monaco side that has impressed observers with their free-flowing football. Mbappe’s goals helped fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by runners-up Juventus.
But the teenager’s stock has risen rapidly – he has already broken into the France squad, making two appearances and is seen as the future of the national team.
The youngster has been compared to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, a player who Wenger signed and moulded into one of the club’s greatest ever players. Undoubtedly, Wenger believes Mbappe, with his frightening pace and eye for goal, could have a similar impact.
Having recently put pen to paper on a new two-year contract, the Arsenal manager looks keen to make a statement of intent by splashing the cash in the transfer market.
Historically, he has been reluctant to spend big, but he may be forced to change his approach to appease the club’s supporters.