Kylian Mbappé has started to be more seriously linked with a move away from Monaco in recent days, with Real Madrid believed to be in for the Frenchman.
The Telegraph looked at how this move could affect the rest of the transfer market, and we’re going to do the same.
The move would involve a massive fee, based on Monaco’s reported valuation, so it’s likely this would have big implications on at least a couple of teams.
Firstly, the most obvious effect would be on the clubs actually involved in the transfer. Real Madrid are one of the biggest spenders in Europe, but that doesn’t mean that they can afford to splash well over £100m on a teenager without considering who might be on the way out.
They’ve already seen a couple of players move for decent fees in the last few weeks, with Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo joining Manchester City, but it’d be a lot more likely that we’d see more departures if they moved for Mbappé.
Next, Monaco would suddenly find themselves with hundreds of millions of pounds and without their most promising striker. They could therefore go looking for a big name to spend this money on, but perhaps just as importantly they’d have the financial means to offer their players whatever they wanted.
What this means in real terms is that it’s very unlikely Lemar would leave as well. There would no longer be any way for Arsenal to tempt Monaco financially, and no reason for them to want to sell yet another young star.
The club are already in a position where they’ve offloaded a few of their more promising players, like Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko, so any more than that and it becomes very difficult for the French champions to compete with their rivals.
However, The Telegraph speculate that Lemar may be used to try and convince Mbappé to stay at the club, and that he may therefore leave if Mbappé does. Should this be the case, Arsenal may still have to spend big for Lemar, and would therefore potentially be open to offers for Alexis, like the rumoured deal being proposed following interest from PSG.
Finally, if PSG do progress their apparent interest in Alexis, this may mean that Barcelona are taken out of the equation. Currently the rumours around the Catalan club are that Neymar may leave, and that Coutinho may join if he does.
It all seems very reminiscent of the deals that took place when Özil joined Arsenal. Arsenal sold Gervinho to Roma, which left the Italian club open to selling Lamela to Spurs. Spurs then couldn’t hold onto Bale, and Real Madrid funded their move for the Welshman in part by selling Özil.
Although this time, with the potential to miss out on Lemar or lose Alexis, Arsenal fans will likely be hoping that the wheels aren’t set in motion in the first place.