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Arsene Wenger came close to landing the 18-year-old last summer, and even visited the youngster at his home in France, before he embarked on a breakthrough campaign that has transformed the striker into the most coveted player in world football.
Despite missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in his 20-year tenure Wenger pledged, after a signing a new two-year deal on Wednesday, that the club would look to add star quality to their ranks this summer.
The bid for Mbappe represents a commitment to deliver on that promise, but Arsenal’s initial bid was met with derision, especially considering the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City are already reported to have offered Monaco considerably more for their prize asset.
Manchester United and Chelsea are also monitoring Mbappe’s situation as well as European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain.
Arsene Wenger had hoped the promise of regular first team football would help to entice Mbappe and had planned to make him the centre piece of a new-look team that is unlikely to include contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.
Monaco have thus far steadfastly refused to entertain any of the various bids they have received for the France international and remain hopeful of persuading Mbappe to sign a new contract and holding onto him for at least another season.