The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are pretty excited at the thought of the Gunners signing Kylian Mbappe…
According to L’Equipe, the Gunners have launched a big money move for the Frenchman, and whilst the news is generating a lot of excitement, our landlord has been quick to cast doubts upon how successful the move would actually be.
If Arsenal were to bag him, and that’s a big if, it would certainly suggest that Arsenal mean business – but that does not mean that he would be a good signing.
For all of his qualities, the defining feature of Mbappe this season has been that he has come from nothing. A year ago, he wasn’t a household name, but his performances have earned him a spot amongst some of Europe’s most talented young players this summer. However, as quickly as careers can be made, they can also be ended. Whilst he has done well for the last year or so, that doesn’t mean that he will continue to impress going forward. Anthony Martial burst onto the scene at Monaco with similar levels of hype, but his progression has stalled to a near stop over the last 18 months or so. That is not to say that he will not go on and be a star – he very well could reach his potential over the next year or two – but that is something to bear in mind for Arsene Wenger.
You also have to consider the transfer fee involved. There has been talk of a move around the €100 million (£87 million) mark, which would be a record fee for the club. Arsenal have never been a club that has been keen to splash the cash, but a record fee for a player like Mbappe would be something else. Sure, he is talented, but can Arsenal really afford to part with that much money for any player, let alone a relatively unproven one?
Next season, Arsenal need a player that they know can do the business. They need a player that can guarantee goals. Whilst Mbappe is clearly a talented player, it would be impossible to say that an 18-year-old player, moving to a new country, a new league, and a new team with just one great season behind him will make an impact in the Premier League.
For such a big fee, it would be a huge risk for Wenger, and right now he doesn’t need risks – he needs results.
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