Arsenal Won’t Give Up Mbappe Pursuit

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Despite Real Madrid being favourites to sign Kylian Mbappe, Arsène Wenger has not yet conceded defeat on securing the 18-year-old’s services. The Daily Express reports that the Arsenal manager held a three-hour long meeting with the youngster and his family in a desperate attempt to convince the striker to move to north London.

The Gunners opening bid of £87m was rejected by the French champions with Monaco holding out for a rumoured £130m (€150m). That doesn’t just break the record set last summer when Paul Pogba, 25, moved from Juventus to Manchester United, the fee shatters it.

Real are his club of choice with Mbappe making no secret of his desire to play for the Spanish champions during his career. He was seduced by the lights of the Bernabeu during a visit when he was 14-years-old. The French international recalled recently that meeting Zinedine Zidane, rhe Real head coach, left him starstruck.

Wenger though, is a keen admirer of Mbappe and claimed recently that he tried to sign the youngster in summer 2015 but was thwarted when Monaco refused to sell. The fee discussed then was a little over £5m. Arsenal must pay 30 times that now if they are to land Europe’s hottest talent.