Liverpool have had a €75m bid rejected by AS Monaco for striker Kylian Mbappe, with the French Ligue 1 champions said to be holding out for €100m this summer.
The Merseysiders are one of many clubs reportedly keen on the teenage centre-forward, with Arsenal having approached Monaco for his signature in the past.
With Monaco the Ligue 1 defending champions and Champions League semi-finalists, they are in a strong position to convince Mbappe to remain at the Stade Louis II for at least another season.
The French club don’t need to sell, nor does the coveted striker need to leave so early into his career.
He only broke into the Monaco first-team on a regular basis this season and risks being subsidiary at a big European club if he moves too soon. Mbappe has been a standout performance in France, however, scoring and creating 23 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances, while notching six in as many starts in Europe.
The 18-year-old notably scored in both legs of Monaco’s last-16 clash with Manchester City, following up his two-goal haul with three goals in the quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.
He also netted in the semis against Juventus, albeit in a 2-1 defeat, but has shown the world his talents and won’t be without offers in the coming months.
Liverpool aren’t likely to give up so soon on the striker but they will have to pay a nine-figure sum to get him this summer.
Arsenal may need to move fast if they want the Frenchman.