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Arsenal are set to miss out on Kylian Mbappe after Monaco ruled out selling the striker.
The young striker has been in superb form this season, firing his team to the Ligue One title for the first time in 17 years and also helping his team reach the semi-final stage of the Uefa Champions League.
At, 19, the striker has begun to set records on the pitch, becoming the youngest teenager to make his Ligue One debut, the youngest player to score a Ligue One hat-trick and became the youngest player in the last 30 years to score 10 French league goals. This has led to interest from a host of big clubs including Arsenal.
However, Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev has warned that they won’t entertain any offer for Mbappe when the transfer window opens in July. Speaking in an interview on CNN, Vasilyev revealed that Monaco are now stronger financially to reject monstrous offers for the striker.
‘It is part of our model that some players leave but now we are financially much stronger than two years ago.’
‘With all these young players, we know that their value will never go down because they are so talented and ambitious.
‘To keep Mbappe? It is our priority.’
Asked if Monaco was under any pressure to sell any of their top talents to big European clubs, Vasilyev responded:
‘No,’ before adding: ‘We found the right sporting and financial model for our club; it will be easier for us to keep our best players.’
Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Mbappe long before he broke into the first team, with Wenger confirming we’ll make a move to sign him if Monaco decides to sell. Obviously, we will have to wait a little bit longer because a move won’t be happening this summer as his club are determined to keep him for at least one more season.