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Arsenal get final Kylian Mbappe transfer answer after Mikel Arteta 'meeting'

Kylian Mbappe will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer as a free agent
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Kylian Mbappe has reportedly agreed a deal to join Real Madrid amid tentative links to Arsenal.

Mbappe confirmed last month that he would be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer as a free agent when his contract expires. The news resulted in intense speculation about where the 2018 World Cup winner would be playing his football next season.

Real Madrid have been extensively linked with a move to sign Mbappe ever since he first joined PSG from Monaco in 2017. Recent months have also seen Arsenal even credited as potentially making a move to bring Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

But Fabrizio Romano has now reported that Mbappe has reached an agreement to join Real Madrid this summer. It has been stated that the Spanish giants will announce the deal to sign Mbappe next week following the club's triumph in the Champions League final.

Romano shared the news in a video that has been posted on social media in which he gave his now infamous, 'Here we go' catchphrase. He then followed it up with the message: "Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid, HERE WE GO! Every document has been signed, sealed and completed.

"Real Madrid, set to announce Mbappé as new signing next week after winning the Champions League. Mbappé made his decision in February; he can now be considered new Real player."

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Madrid claimed a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. Now the La Liga club look set to welcome Mbappe to their forward line next season.

It was earlier this year that Mikel Arteta addressed the speculation linking Mbappe with what always seemed an unlikely possibility of the forward signing for the Gunners. The Arsenal boss did add fuel to the rumours that Mbappe may swap Paris for London this summer.

"Why not?" Arteta said earlier this year when asked if Arsenal should be in the running to sign Mbappe. "If we want to be the best team, we are going to need the best talent and the best players, that is for sure."

The pair also encountered each other at an awards ceremony last week, where they were seen having a brief chat that immediately caught the attention of fans, who shared their hopes that a move to the Gunners could be imminent on social media following the meeting.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with signing a new striker ever since last summer. RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko, Sporting Lisbon's Victor Gyokeres, Brentford's Ivan Toney and Bologna's Joshua Zirkzee have all been mentioned as potential targets for the Gunners when the transfer window opens this month.