Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe has flown out with the Monaco squad to Switzerland as they continue their pre-season tour.
The Ligue 1 winners confirmed on their website that their prized asset will be part of the 26-man squad that fly out for games against Sporting Lisbon, FC Basel and Zent Saint-Petersburg.
Reports from France this week have claimed that Arsenal still remain in the race for Mbappe and the Gunners could yet act on their interest in the player if given any encouragement over a possible transfer.
PSG organised a meeting with the player and his father, while Real Madrid retain their interest and Monaco still hold out hope of convincing the 18-year-old to sign a new deal this summer.
The striker has yet to reach a decision on his future but has made it clear he wishes to play regular first-team football this season, something Arsenal would be able to offer him and a key part of their strategy in trying to lure him to the Emirates.
Mbappe is conscious that in a World Cup year he needs to be starting games regularly and that could yet scupper a move to Real Madrid, who are blessed with plenty of attacking talent, though the possibility of him joining the Champions League winners and being loaned back to Monaco remains possible.
Arsenal’s need for a striker has lessened in the wake of the £52m club-record transfer of Alexandre Lacazette, though Arsene Wenger’s candid admission in his press conference on the pre-season tour of Australia of his admiration for the player has only served to further fuel speculation over a potential move.
The Gunners are also attempting to sign Mbappe’s Monaco teammate Thomas Lemar, with the Gunners having made the 21-year-old their top target for the remainder of the transfer window.
There is a growing confidence a transfer can be achieved for Lemar, who has made clear his desire to move to the Premier League and could command a fee of more than £45m after Arsenal saw their initial two bids of £35m and £40m rejected.