The Premier League transfer window has swung open and it seems that the world record antics of Manchester United to secure Paul Pogba last season are set to be eclipsed by an astronomical bidding war between United and bitter rivals Arsenal.
Heads turned and eyebrows were raised when Jose Mourinho pulled out all the stops and forked out a world-record £89 million to Juventus for the services of former United academy player Pogba.
While it remains to be seen if the huge investment is a good one or not, it has not stopped the newly-crowned Europa League champions from lifting the lid on their massive war chest once again.
If reports are to be believed, the world-record fee for the 23-year-old will be mere chump change compared to what Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger are willing to throw at Monaco in order to win the race for the signature of 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe.
The teenager had a breakout season for the Ligue 1 champions this term, scoring 26 goals in 44 games, making him one of the most sought-after strikers in world football.
According to the Madrid-based sports news outlet AS, United have already submitted a bid in the region of £113 million. A similar bid has reportedly been tabled by Real Madrid while Manchester City have offered a ‘mere’ £105 million.
Now, the Mirror is reporting that newly re-signed manager Wenger is, finally, after 20 years of frugality, about to blow all his rivals out of the water and table a bid of some £120 million for the teenager.
Take a moment to let that sink in. £120 million for an 18-year-old who has only really been on the senior scene for twelve months.
At this time it is probably a good idea to acquaint ourselves a bit more with Mbappe and see if he is really worth the same as the government debt of Malta.
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So, do you think he is worth £120 million?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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