Kylian Mbappe ‘would join Arsenal’ but Gunners ready to snub transfer | Football | Sport

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe would ‘willingly’ join Arsenal this coming summer but the Gunners are on the same page as Liverpool about the Frenchman and are prepared to snub the chance to do a deal. Mbappe is one of the best players in the world and is out of contract at the end of the season.

But while a move to Real Madrid has long been expected, an agreement has not yet been found. The World Cup winner still hasn’t confirm to the Spanish heavyweights whether or not he will stay at PSG or join them in the summer.

Mbappe’s camp are said to be unconvinced by the offer on the table from the La Liga leaders. Given he can leave PSG on a free, Mbappe is looking for a significant salary as well as a hefty signing-on bonus.

And the Independent say it is the finances that would be required to sign Mbappe, even without the need for a transfer fee, that are putting off both Arsenal and Liverpool. The France international’s representatives are said to have reached out to the Reds last year.

An offer from the Premier League club did not arrive because they did not want to ruin their financial structure by agreeing to Mbappe’s salary expectations. The 25-year-old’s wages would blow the rest of the squad’s out of the water, given he earns around £64million a year after tax and before bonuses – or £1.2m a week.

The attacker has publicly voiced his appreciation for Jurgen Klopp‘s team several times and the Merseyside club were among those keen to sign him before he swapped Monaco for PSG in 2017 for around £160m. And he is now unattainable financially.

The report adds that Mbappe would also willingly join Arsenal this summer. It apparently appeals to him to follow the path of his countryman Thierry Henry, who went from Monaco to Juventus to the Gunners, where he became a worldwide phenomenon.

But the Londoners, like Liverpool, are not willing to break their financial strategy. Their highest-paid player is understood to be Kai Havertz, who joined from Chelsea last summer, on around £280,000 a week. Liverpool’s biggest earner by contrast is Mohamed Salah on a £350,000 weekly wage.

The Athletic claim that Mbappe was offered £22m a year (£425,000 a week) to join Real Madrid two years ago along with a £110m signing-on bonus. The terms currently on the table at the moment are lower than that, but would still make him their highest earner.

The current best-paid player at the Bernabeu is thought to be Toni Kronos on £400,000 a week. The German’s agreement however expires in the summer and he could leave the club after 10 years.

If Mbappe is to leave Paris, then Madrid appears his likeliest destination still. There are very few other clubs in the world capable of meeting his demands with Manchester City preoccupied with keeping Erling Haaland happy.

Mbappe has 30 goals and seven assists in 29 matches this season. He is hoping to help PSG blow away Real Sociedad to reach the Champions League quarter-finals having fallen at the last-16 stage in both of the last two seasons to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.



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