Ar­se­nal ready to roll out ‘red car­pet’ to Mbappe

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MAN­AGER Arsene Wenger re­vealed Ar­se­nal’s in­ter­est in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, but con­ceded that the tal­ented 18-year-old will be spoilt for choice as top Euro­pean clubs chase his sig­na­ture.

Mbappe has emerged as a hot prop­erty af­ter scor­ing 27 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions to lead Monaco to the Ligue 1 ti­tle, the semi-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League and the fi­nal of the French League Cup.

“He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morn­ing, can choose where he wants to go,” Wenger was quoted as say­ing on the club web­site.

“There are not many play­ers with that kind of luck, be­cause he’s only 18 years of age and has the whole of Europe rolling out a red car­pet for him.”

Asked if Ar­se­nal were chas­ing him as well, Wenger said, “No­body can say they are not in­ter­ested in a player of that cal­i­bre, be­cause he has such im­mense qual­ity at 18 years of age. All the clubs are open and in­ter­ested in him.”

Ar­se­nal trav­elled to Aus­tralia to kick off their pre-sea­son tour and Wenger said that the club’s new record-sign­ing Alexan­dre La­cazette would make his de­but against Syd­ney FC to­mor­row.

Mean­while, Manch­ester United mid­fielder Paul Pogba played a “big role” in Romelu Lukaku’s de­ci­sion to join the Premier League gi­ants from Ever­ton, the Bel­gian striker has said.

The 24-year-old com­pleted his switch on Mon­day, his re­ported £75mil­lion fee mak­ing him the club’s sec­ond most ex­pen­sive sign­ing af­ter last year’s world-record deal for France mid­fielder Pogba.

“He is one of my best friends, and he is my neigh­bour as well,” Lukaku told the club web­site.

“We are al­ways to­gether on a daily ba­sis so he would ex­plain to me how things were go­ing.

“When he signed for United, to have wit­nessed that, it re­ally trig­gered some­thing in my brain and I knew that if one day I had the chance to sign then I would not say no.” – Reuters

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