Arsenal urged to sign 18-year-old: Striker will be worth £150m in five seasons

Ray Wilkins has encouraged Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco in the summer transfer window

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Ray Wilkins believes signing Kylian Mbappe would represent great business for Arsenal.

L’Equipe claimed on Thursday evening that Arsenal had made a huge offer to sign the exciting France international from Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco this summer.

However, BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein revealed on Friday that Arsenal had denied making an £87m bid to sign the exciting teenager.

Arsenal coach Robert Pires claimed last month that the Gunners would “definitely” complete a deal to bring the Monaco starlet to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Now, former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins has urged Arsenal to consider a big-money deal to sign Mbappe from the Ligue 1 champions, adding that the Gunners would be in a position to sell Mbappe to La Liga giants Barcelona in a £150m in five seasons.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Wilkins encouraged the FA Cup winners to complete a deal for Mbappe.

“If that’s the going rate for an 18-year-old, you’ve actually got a sell-on,” Wilkins said.

“He could play for you for five years and still only be 23, then he could go to Barcelona for £150m, so that’s not bad business.

“If he wins you the Premier League, that’s good business and that’s the way it has to be.”

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