Wenger speaks on reports of €140.5m offer for another new signing

Arsene Wenger has revealed what the current status is regarding his pursuit of AS Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.

The Arsenal manager has finally secured the services of Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais following his failure to sign him a year ago.

But there is another French striker whom Wenger tried and failed to lure 12 months ago and that is the much-coveted Mbappe.

Various reports from last month claimed that the Gunners had submitted an offer for the young goalscorer which had been turned down by the Ligue 1 side.

Mbappe has resumed action with Monaco for their pre-season tour and Wenger insists the highly-rated teenager is unlikely to leave France.

“It looks like that,” Wenger said when asked if Mbappe would remain at Monaco.

“Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end people don’t move.”

The Arsenal manager also denied reports that he had made a substantial offer of €140.5 million (£123 million) for Mbappe.

“That’s not true,” he added. “People have big imaginations. What we know now with Mbappe is it’s over £100m, after that it’s free for everyone to imagine.

“But we have not made any offer. I think he will stay, it looks like that, for one more season.”

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