After breaking the club transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Arsene Wenger has gone back to his old values of not wanting to pay over the odds for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev revealed the club had received “big offers” from other sides this summer but was keen to highlight his determination to keep Mbappe at the Stade Louis II, reports ESPN.
Real Madrid were linked with a £120m bid for the centre-forward, a price that Arsenal have baulked at. Wenger has returned to being a tight spending boss, as he is refusing to meet the player’s valuation. Pricey, but if Romelu Lukaku joins Manchester United for £75m, Mbappe’s value isn’t too sky-high.
The news will surely anger the Arsenal fans who want a swift return to the Champions League and a tilt at the title that has eluded them for more than a decade. It’s a shame Wenger doesn’t want to pay the right price for a top talent and will make their aspirations of success much harder.
There aren’t many managers who wouldn’t have lost their jobs for a failure to reach the Champions League. Playing in the European competition is described by Wenger as a trophy in itself and brings in a lot of money.
History has shown that Arsenal have missed out on many players because of Wenger’s refusal to pay the asking price for a top talent. And this time, he is doing it again despite the club haven’t the cash to acquire Mnappe’s signature.
Shame on you Arsene Wenger. You must spend, spend. spend.