Why Kylian Mbappe 'would be willing' to join Arsenal this summer

  • Kylian Mbappe is a free agent at the end of the season
  • Thierry Henry influence means Mbappe is an admirer of Arsenal
  • Obscene figures in any deal to sign the Frenchman
Kylian Mbappe has a big decision to make this summer
Kylian Mbappe has a big decision to make this summer / Christian Liewig - Corbis/GettyImages

French superstar Kylian Mbappe 'would willingly join' Arsenal in the summer transfer window, but any move from the Gunners is highly unlikely.

Mbappe, regarded by many as the very best footballer in the world, is set to finally move on from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer with his contract running down. The special forward has cemented himself as a Parisian icon and is the club's all-time record scorer, netting a staggering 242 goals since he joined from AS Monaco in 2017.

The superstar has perpetually been linked with Real Madrid, but a move to the Spanish captial is yet to materialise. He was expected to switch Paris for Madrid last summer before opting to remain in his homeland after the club parted ways with Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Madrid have already sent Mbappe their proposal to sign him as a free agent this summer, although his camps, according to The Athletic, have reservations regarding their offer. The Frenchman could also sign an extension with PSG.

Why Kylian Mbappe 'would be willing' to join Arsenal this summer

Kylian Mbappe, Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry inspired a generation of French footballers / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

I know what you're thinking: where do Arsenal come into all this?

Well, according to The Independent's Miguel Delaney, Mbappe would be open to a move to the Emirates this summer.

Delaney adds that the Gunners' allure stems from the legacy left by Thierry Henry in north London, with Henry inspiring an endless list of Mbappe's talented generation.

Despite this, any move to Arsenal is almost impossible. While Mbappe would be a ground-breaking history, undoubtedly the most significant in the club's history (on paper), the Gunners simply cannot afford to acquire the Frenchman.

The figures involved with any sort of transfer are just silly. His current salary at PSG is reportedly €75m (almost €1.5m-a-week!) after tax, before any bonuses - of which there are many. While Madrid's latest proposal isn't believed to be as lucrative, the Spanish club offered Mbappe a €130m signing bonus and €26m salary (€500,000-a-week) back in 2022.

For all their riches, Arsenal cannot match those sort of numbers. While the burden will be eased in the summer, the Gunners weren't able to conduct business in the winter as a result of Financial Fair Play concerns.

So, while Delaney's report might excite a few, the chances of Mbappe strutting his majestic talent at the Emirates are close to nil.