Kylian Mbappe has revealed why he decided to join Paris Saint-Germain from AS Monaco in the summer, with Arsenal having been keen on his signature.
Mbappe had his pick of clubs this summer, with just about every top side in Europe lining up to sign him. Arsenal were one of those clubs. Back at the start of the summer, the Gunners reportedly made a bid of £87m for the striker but were unsuccessful.
It didn’t work out and we signed Lacazette instead. That was the end of our involvement in the deal. Eventually, Mbappe would go on to sign for Paris Saint-Germain, a club he believes has the ambition to be the best in the world.
“Great players make history in their own country,” the 18-year-old told Telefoot. “If I had left France after six months I would have left as an eternal hope.
“When you come to Paris you are at a club that has the ambition to be the best in the world, you have come to a club that wants to play in all the competitions. I’m going to give everything I have got to make history with PSG.
“Playing with Neymar is something extraordinary. PSG already interested me, but having Neymar is an additional boost.”
If we’re being honest, Paris Saint-Germain are a much attractive destination than we are currently. Any player would be enticed by a club who could buy someone like Neymar from Barcelona, let alone PSG having no hesitation about spending big to sign the world’s best players.
Arsenal can claim that they wanted Mbappe and tried to get him, but a deal like that is beyond what we’re capable of. Hopefully, the next time a super-talent like Mbappe emerges, we’ll be in a position where we can realistically sign them.