Football expert, Guillem Balague, claims that Arsenal missed out on Monaco striker, Kylian Mbappe, because his family wanted the club to pay €7-8m in commission for him to move there.
While Mbappe was still 17, 18 months ago, Wenger allegedly met with the striker’s family, who demanded Arsenal pay €7-8m in commission for him to move to north London, claims Guillem Balague.
18 months ago Wenger met Mbappé, when 17, and his family. They wanted a commission of €7-8m to go to Arsenal and logically Wenger said no pic.twitter.com/qZ6vXSJdn3
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 28, 2017
Arsenal were heavily linked with Mbappe for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the summer. However, when figures upward of £120m started getting thrown around, most sussed out that the Gunners probably weren’t still interested in signing the France international.
Paris Saint-Germain, however, are quite happy coughing up that kind of cash, and more, it seems. The Ligue 1 giants have already signed Neymar for £198m from Barcelona and now reportedly aim to complete the signing of Mbappe very soon.
PSG are allegedly taking the teenager on a season-long loan first with an obligation to buy him for £166m next summer.
Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, reportedly always wanted his son to stay at Monaco in order to get maximum playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, his mother, Fayza Lamari, allegedly wanted him to sign for Real Madrid.
This would explain why, if Balague’s claims are true, the family wanted commission for Kylian to sign for Arsenal.
So far, the 18-year-old, who has two years left on his current deal with Monaco, has featured twice for the Ligue 1 club this season.