Kylian Mbappé Met With This Premier League Manager Before Deciding To Become Stinking Rich At PSG

So near, so far

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Before Neymar decided to hog the headlines with his Barca betrayal, Kylian Mbappe was all anyone could talk about this past transfer window.

The 18-year-old striker had impressed fans and managers alike with a strong season at Monaco, in which he won a shock Ligue 1 title and scored 26 goals, and Europe's biggest clubs were fighting it out for his services.

He ultimately moved to Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal, after which the French giants need to cough up £165 million. Yeah, we don't get it either – something to do with Financial Fair Play.

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But according to Mbappé, he considered moving to England – and even met with under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to discuss a potential deal.

"Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach," Mbappe told to the Telegraph. "He has a great reputation here in France, he's well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.

"We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop."

Wenger has always been open about his admiration for Mbappe, and told Telefoot on Saturday:

"He can be like Pele, there are no limits to his game. We can already see the difference in the calls he makes. He scores but he also creates -- only the very best players can do this.

"€180m is a little high for us," he added. "For 90 per cent of players, their career depends on their choice of club. Kylian is part of the 10 percent where any choice he makes will be a good one."