Arsenal are in pole position in the Premier League to land PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe this summer ahead of rivals Liverpool, according to The Independent.
PSG forward Mbappe revealed to the club that he did not intend to extend his contract beyond 2024, causing the French champions to put him up for sale this summer. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for years, and this summer is no different.
Premier League sides have, however, registered their interest in Mbappe, who is expected to cost in the region of £160m as PSG do not want to lose him for free. Liverpool indicated their interest in the 24-year-old, but Arsenal are his preferred choice in England.
Mbappe is interested in the Gunners’ project under Mikel Arteta and will be interested in joining them, provided they can afford the deal with PSG.
Kylian Mbappe saga: Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool interested in star
Real Madrid have always been the likeliest destination for Mbappe once he chose to leave PSG, but the Spanish giants seemingly closed their doors on any more new additions after signing striker Joselu. They have signed Arda Guler since then, and a move for Mbappe must not be ruled out.
Arsenal have spent big this summer, splashing around £200m on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, and will find it difficult to raise the funds needed to sign Mbappe. An amortised payment may be a viable solution if they choose to proceed with the deal.
Mbappe will be keen to take on the challenge of the Premier League and try to help Arsenal secure a league title for the first time since 2004.