Saturday, July 15, 2017
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have not made any offers for Kylian Mbappe this summer and he expects the Monaco starlet to stay put for another season.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a stunning breakthrough campaign in 2016-17, firing 26 goals in all competitions to help his side win Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
He has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and it was recently claimed that Arsenal had tabled a stunning £100million offer to Monaco for the youngster.
But Wenger, when asked about the reported bid for Mbappe, said: “That’s not true. People have a big imagination.
“What we know now is that Mbappe is over £100m and after that it’s free to imagine what you want.
“We have not made any offer. I think he will stay (at Monaco), it looks like that. One more season. Maybe he has too much choice. In the end, people don’t move.”
Another player not on the move, according to Wenger, is Jack Wilshere.
The Gunners midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth but Wenger expects the England international to stay and fight for a first-team place this season.
“I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” he said,
“I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”
Wenger was speaking after Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in a pre-season friendly with goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny