Arsenal fans today woke up to surprise reports (L’Equipe) suggesting that the club have tabled a club-record offer for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe. The teenager had a season to remember with the Principality outfit last term as they won their first French title since the millennium.
Mbappe, 18, was initially playing second fiddle to the likes of Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain upfront, but an injury to the former allowed him to cement a place in the starting lineup.
The youngster bagged an overall tally of 26 goals during his breakthrough season, and this has attracted interest from several elite clubs including Real Madrid, who are deemed to have had a bid knocked back for the player.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has often restricted his spending purse during the summer period, and the prospect of spending an £87m sum on a teenager generated plenty of reaction on social media.
Here are the best tweets on Twitter:
Recalling Mbappe’s early days
— Pablo (@AFCAMDEN) June 2, 2017
Mbappe shirt for all? Hope it happens?
— Frederico Everett (@feverett4) June 1, 2017
Mbappe for Alexis?
Not worth £100m then?
'Any player worth €100m should be able to dribble with the ball on his head from one goalpost to the other.' Wenger, circa 2004. #Mbappe
— i O R J I N M O (@orjinmonduka) June 1, 2017
Not good enough, Balotelli and Falcao are better?
— PAUL MCDERMOTT (@_PMcDermott) May 30, 2017
Polls are in favour of Mbappe though!
If we sign Kylian Mbappe then I will definitely go from Wenger Out to Wenger In.
It could possibly be the best business deal ever for AFC.
— Christopher Miller (@ChrisAFC1983) June 2, 2017
— Charlie Lemay (@charlielemay) June 2, 2017
Wenger had plotted to bring the highly-rated talent to the Emirates a season ago, but unfortunately, Monaco weren’t keen on losing their forward owing to his immense potential.
A number of former Premier League flops have hit the heights in Ligue 1 including Bafetimbi Gomis and Mario Balotelli, and Mbappe could have a real test in his hands, should Arsenal somehow secure his services ahead of their European rivals.
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