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Gunners join race for Monaco starlet Mbappe and ‘are willing to pay £87m’

Date Posted,June 1, 2017

Arsenal are ready to take on Manchester City and Real Madrid for the hottest young property in Europe – Kylian Mbappe.

The young striker who has drawn stark comparisons to Gunners legend Thierry Henry has jumped to the top of Arsene Wenger’s hit list, reports French publication L’Equipe.

Now Wenger’s future is settled, with confirmation of a two-year contract extension announced on Wednesday, attention turns to building towards a return to the Champions League next season.

And the Gunners are willing to throw €100 million (£87m) at getting Monaco’s starlet Mbappe to the Emirates, says the paper.

Kylian Mbappe is now reportedly a target for Arsenal (Photo: Getty)
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Kylian Mbappe “not afraid” of leaving Monaco as Real Madrid lead chase for French teenage sensation

Wenger’s focus is now on the transfer window after confirming his future at the Emirates (Photo: PA)

Landing such a highly regarded fish in the summer transfer window would go a long way to helping Wenger win back disillusioned fans who spent last campaign calling for him to walk away.

Now he’s committed to the club until 2019, battling to keep his best players and attracting some high-profile new blood is the priority.

The 18-year-old is away with the France squad and has admitted he could leave this summer.

Mbappe (right) is currently on duty with the France squad (Photo: AFP)

“Why play less?” Mbappe said. “I’ll have time to reflect on that and, no, I’m not afraid to leave.”

Alexandre Lacazette is another big name on the Gunners’ shopping list, but the Lyon striker appeared set to go to Atletico Madrid before their transfer ban was upheld.

But with that move off, Manchester United have switched their attention to Lacazette.

The Gunners are well aware they will face tough competition for all of their top targets.

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