Arsenal have been dealt a significant blow in their hopes of prising Kylian Mbappe from Monaco this summer.
The Gunners remain open to signing Mbappe should they be given any encouragement over a deal, though there is an acceptance that he is likely to remain at Monaco or move to Real Madrid before the start of next season.
But the Gunners’ aspirations of completing a world-record transfer could be ended by PSG’s staggering wage offer to the 18-year-old, which would see his wages rise by a staggering 1,150 per cent according to Sky Sports News.
Mbappe is on a modest £16,000 a week at Monaco despite his stunning breakthrough season and Arsenal would be prepared to increase that significantly, but PSG’s offer of £200,000 a week could yet prove decisive.
The Ligue 1 side finished runners-up to Monaco last season and are determined to reclaim their title, with reports in France suggesting Mbappe is becoming a key target for them.
Arsenal’s need for Mbappe has been lessened by the signing of Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal but should the Gunners be told a deal could happen they would not rule it out given the uncertainty surrounding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.
Mbappe is also a target for Real Madrid but PSG’s tempting wage increase could yet see the in-demand striker remain in France where he would almost certainly be a regular starter for Monaco’s title rivals despite the presence of Edinson Cavani.
The Frenchman has previously indicated his need for first-team football in a World Cup year and could be tempted to stay in his homeland ahead of an inevitable move to Real Madrid