Arsenal handed ultimate Kylian Mbappe transfer blow as Real Madrid fate sealed after Arteta hope

New Real Madrid forward Kylian Mbappe
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Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. It ends years of speculation an drama around the Frenchman.

Mbappe will join the 15-time Champions League winners on a free transfer from PSG after failing to agree another new contract with the Ligue 1 giants. It also puts to bed any outside opportunity for Premier League clubs to sign the 25-year-old.

Arsenal had been linked with the World Cup golden boot winner after Mikel Arteta opened up how the club should deal with his availability. Speaking in January he said, ""Why not?" when asked if the Gunners should be in for signing 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."

As for Chelsea, they had Mbappe on trial as a teenager but failed to get a deal over the line. He instead opted to move to Monaco, where he built up his standing as superstar in the making.

Mbappe then made the big-money switch to PSG via a loan. He went on to become the club's all-time top scorer before eventually being snapped up by Madrid following two years of public flirting with the idea as well as broken promises.

He will leave PSG with more goals than any other player though after a staggering 256 in 308 games for the club. He also managed 108 assists, though wasn't able to deliver the holy grail in Europe.

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Mbappe has already played two World Cup finals, winning one, as well as lifting the French domestic league title seven times. He now joins Madrid just days after Carlo Ancelotti led them to a sixth Champions League success in the past 11 years.

It is a transfer that makes them even more powerful than they already were. For Arsenal it is a case of what-if after Arsene Wenger admitting making serious moves to get him to north London.

"You know at one point I tried to convince him to come to Arsenal," he said in a BBC documentary about the global icon. "I was at his home with his parents. He was a happy boy. He just wanted to play football and had the passion for the game."

Former scout Giles Grimandi said similar. "We met his parents in London who came to the training ground and alongside Arsene and Richard Law [then transfer chief] we travelled to meet Kylian in the South of France.

"We tried, and I really don't think we were far from getting him, but he declined the project and signed a new deal with Monaco. I'd say it is probably the biggest disappointment in my 15 years as an Arsenal scout, not convincing Kylian Mbappe to sign for the club."