Arsenal fans need no excuse to rage at Arsene Wenger right now and punters here in the Transfer Tavern are livid after reading Mercato365’s report that the Gunners backtracked on a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe for a ‘derisory sum’ before he penned a new deal at Monaco last year.
The 18-year-old forward is currently one of the most sought after young players on the planet, with teams such as Manchester United reportedly willing to spend €110m (£95.2m) to sign him this summer.
And now Mercato365 have revealed that he could be an Arsenal player now, but that the club backed out of a potential swoop for him which would have been a bargain given the figures being bandied around.
They state that north London scout Gilles Grimandi spotted the player some time ago and that the club were in advanced negotiations regarding a move for him before they decided to pull out.
The reasons for this are unclear, with anything from salary demands to first-team opportunities potentially enough to sway negotiations.
The timing of these talks is not clear, but they are said to have taken place before he committed himself to a professional contract at Monaco in February 2016.
Arsenal have a history of missing out on talented young players, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others, having came close to joining the club in their formative years.
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