Kylian Mbappe is reportedly interested in signing for Arsenal to use them as a ‘stepping-stone’ for a bigger move. Here are three players that prove it would be worthwhile for the Gunners.
Kylian Mbappe is the apple of Arsene Wenger’s eye. The issue, however, is that Arsenal may not be the apple of his. This is a player that, at just 18 years of age, has the world at his feet, with the biggest clubs scrapping for his services. Why in the world would someone in such high demand ever choose a club that can’t even offer him Champions League football?
Well, if reports are to be believed, it is because he sees the Gunners as a ‘stepping-stone club’. For some, that may seem slighting of Arsenal. But here are three players that prove stepping-stone moves can be beneficial for everyone involved.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
When Cristiano Ronaldo first signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2013 (yes, it was that long ago!!), while many would have hoped that he would proceed to develop into the world-beater that he has become since then, it was far from expected. He was 18 at the time, and, very much like Mbappe, had the world salivating over his remarkable talent.
He, though, did not explicitly say that he saw the United move as a potential stepping-stone one. However, as his stardom began to rise through the mid-00s with a number of sensational displays on an increasingly consistent basis, it became clear that Real Madrid was where his heart was at.
Eventually, he made the switch for a then world-record £80 million in 2009, and it all worked out rather well for United. During the six years he was at the club, United won three Premier League titles, primarily because of the incredible achievements of the Portuguese, and lifted the Champions League trophy, overcoming Chelsea in the final. Ronaldo may not have seen it as a stepping-stone move, but it was one, and Untied benefited from it greatly.