Arsenal have been named as Kylian Mbappe’s preferred destination if the forward were to consider a move to the Premier League.
Mbappe’s future is uncertain with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain set to expire next summer, with the France captain having informed the club that he will not renew his deal.
PSG’s stance is that Mbappe will not leave as a free agent next summer and will look to sell the 24-year-old during the current window if he refuses to sign a new deal.
Real Madrid are long-term admirers of Mbappe and have made attempts to sign the forward in each of the past two summers, with only a handful of clubs capable of affording the fee PSG will demand for their record goalscorer.
The Independent are reporting that Arsenal would be Mbappe’s preferred destination should he decide on a Premier League move, having been impressed with Mikel Arteta’s project at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s strong French connections from the Arsene Wenger era also make the Gunners an attractive destination, though a bid from the north Londoners is ‘unrealistic’ given investment elsewhere this summer. Mbappe is also out of Liverpool’s ‘price plan’ despite links to Anfield.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke on Mbappe’s future this week and reiterated that the forward must make a decision – sign a new deal or leave this summer.
“My position is very clear. I don’t want to repeat it every time: if Kylian wants to stay, we want him to stay. But he needs to sign a new contract,” Al-Khelaifi told the media after unveiling Luis Enrique as the club’s new manager.
“We don’t want to lose the best player in the world for free — we can’t do that. This is a French club.
“He said he would never leave for free. If he changes his mind today, it’s not my fault. We don’t want to lose the best player in the world for free, that’s very clear.”