AS Monaco have released a statement condemning a number of clubs for making an unauthorised approach for striker Kylian Mbappe.

Published on Monaco’s official website, the statement reads: “AS Monaco notes with regret that ‘important’ clubs of European football have contacted Kylian Mbappé (and his entourage) without the permission of the club.”

Arsenal are believed to be one of the many sides linked with Mbappe this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger having met the striker’s family in a bid to procure his signature. However, the Gunners are reportedly not in breach of the rules.

The statement threatened legal action for all the clubs falling foul of the regulations.

“AS Monaco remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to Article 211 of the Professional Football League Regulations and Article 18.3 of the FIFA Regulations and Status of Players Regulations.

“In order to put an end to this unacceptable situation, AS Monaco is considering asking the Professional Football League and FIFA to institute disciplinary proceedings against the offending clubs.

There could well be some fallout in the coming days as interested parties may be forced to reveal their methods for trying to sign Mbappe, a player who has shown little interest in leaving Monaco this summer, nor have the club hinted they would sell him right now.