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Arsene Wenger believes he has failed in his pursuit to land Kylian Mbappe.
The Gunners boss has been chasing the Monaco sensation all summer, rivalling the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for the 18-year-old striker
But Wenger admits it looks like the France international will stay with the Ligue 1 champions for the 2017/18 campaign.
“It looks like that,” said Wenger, speaking after his side’s 3-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.
“Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end people don’t move.”
There have been some reports in the media in the past 24 hours that Arsenal had submitted a world record bid for Mbappe.
It was suggested by Spanish outlet Marca that the Gunners had weighed in with a staggering £123 million offer – but Wenger insists that is not the case.
“That’s not true,” he said. “People have big imaginations. What we know now with Mbappe is it’s over £100m, after that it’s free to everyone’s imagination.
But we have not made any offer.”
Arsenal meanwhile continue to hunt Mbappe’s Monaco teammate Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners have already seen two bids knocked back for the 21-year-old winger but are expected to return with a third, that could total as much as £50m with add-ons.