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Arsene Wenger roars at you from the back page of today’s Daily Star Sunday – which remains the country’s worst newspaper name – with his fists clenched and his face contorted with primal, almost sexual, ecstasy. “£150m. WENGER WARCHEST,” it says. Grrrr!
Despite the fact that most of his Champions League-qualified managerial rivals wouldn’t get out of bed for such a measly summer transfer budget, Wenger appears to be very pleased with it. And he’s especially excited about spending the vast majority of it on one player – Kylian Mbappe.
The Sunday Express says Arsenal are set to make a “statement of intent” by lodging a “world record bid” – if you can imagine such an occurrence – for the Monaco striker.
Wenger is reportedly willing to shell out £95m on the 18-year-old and will attempt to persuade the player to choose the Gunners ahead of Real Madrid. Hopefully Mbappe didn’t watch the Champions League final last night.
As a man who loves a bargain, especially a young French one, Wenger will be less pumped about the story in the Mail on Sunday which reveals that he missed the chance to sign Mbappe for £230,000 just a year ago.
Wenger was apparently in talks with Mbappe’s family – with whom he has a “long-standing relationship” – when the forward was out of contract last summer. But the family are probably now relieved they didn’t listen to Uncle Arsene.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a far bigger warchest than Wenger, and he is trying to spend some of it on another Monaco player – the left-back Benjamin Mendy. However, the Sunday Telegraph reports that City’s original offer for the Frenchman has been rejected by the Ligue 1 champions, who want £40m for him.
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Manchester United have demanded £66m from Real Madrid for their goalkeeper David de Gea, says the Sunday Times. Or better still, the Red Devils will ask the Spanish giants not to give them any money and United will just keep him.
Everton are keen on West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang although they will have to pay “at least £15m” for him and also see off rival interest in AC Milan and Sevilla, says the Sunday Mirror. Maybe the Hammers will favour the Toffees’ bid if they agree to take Enner Valencia off them again too.
Elsewhere, Man Utd will announce the £30m signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof “next week” (Sunday Express), Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has “agreed to join Arsenal” but the Gunners are not willing to pay his £26m price tag (Metro) and legendary silver fox Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become Middlesbrough’s next manager and has asked Boro chairman Steve Gibson to “call him” (Sunday Mirror). Is that how it works?