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Arsenal rumored to make Kylian Mbappé the most expensive player ever

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Sunday morning brings us rumours abound that Arsenal is preparing to go back to Monaco a second time with an eye-watering £95 million bid for Kylian Mbappé. This bid, if real and accepted, would comfortably become the new world-record transfer fee, besting the price Manchester United forked over to Juventus for Paul Pogba by £6 million and change.

At this point there’s not much else to add regarding this surreal transfer saga, however what’s quickly becoming apparent is that Arsenal - again if this rumor of a second bid is true - clearly feels encouraged to come back to Monaco a second time to swoop up Mbappé. Generally these increased bids are made only when there’s indications made to the bidding club that either a) the player is actually for sale, they just need to up the money in the offer; b) the player in question is encouraging the bidding club to go back again to the potential selling club in question; or it’s both scenarios. What I’m trying to say is, regardless of 12-time European champions Real Madrid being the other rumored spot for Mbappé, there’s something going between Arsenal, Monaco, and the player in the middle of all of this to at least make everyone pause for a moment and wonder what’s truly happening.

In any case, we’re at a point that Arsenal has bid nearly a world-record transfer fee with their first attempt at bringing in Mbappé, and now with this second, rumored bid attempting to spend more on a single player than any club has ever done in the history of this sport. All just a mere eight years after the club purchased Andrey Arshavin for a then-club record fee of £15 million.

What lofty, heady times these are. Downward spiral my ass.

UPDATE:

REAL MADRID DON’T READ THIS

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Kylian Mbappé hello