Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often been ridiculed for claiming that he almost signed pretty much every top player in European football.
However, despite people often finding humour in Wenger’s claims it turns out he actually came very close to signing French superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe became one of the hottest properties in World Football after starring in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-finals during the 2016/17 season.
The talented striker eventually decided to stay in his homeland and join PSG in a deal worth £166 million, but the 19-year-old has admitted that he came close to signing for Arsenal and even revealed that he would be open to working under Wenger, if his countryman takes on another high profile coaching role:
“I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me.’’ Mbappe told French TV.
“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here [to PSG] in order to develop.
“I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger. He is French, he’s had a great career and now he is free because he has left Arsenal.”