Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly out of the running for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to latest reports from France.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs throughout the summer, but Arsenal and Liverpool are two sides consistently mentioned as potential suitors. However, reports in L’Equipe say the Premier League duo are now out of the race.
Arsenal and Liverpool have definitively been eliminated from the race to sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappé. [L'Équipe]
— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) August 10, 2017
Arsenal were linked with a world record bid earlier in the summer, although manager Arsene Wenger denied such claims. He didn’t deny an interest in Kylian Mbappe of who’s family he’s believed to have met in the last 12 months for talks, but nothing has emerged from the reported bid weeks ago.
Liverpool’s reported interest has been even harder to pin down. Jurgen Klopp strengthened his attack with former AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah and has been fighting to hold on to Philippe Countinho, so I don’t believe there would be much room for a new arrival considering he’s not selling any of his attackers.
Mbappe has since played for Monaco this season, but reports previously emerged that he was looking to leave the side. Paris Saint-Germain were said to his ideal destination, meaning clubs from England would be set to miss out.
PSG have been flexing their financial muscles this summer after signing Barcelona’s Neymar for £200m and Mbappe may want to be part of the project, I feel.