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Former Arsenal scout reveals failing to sign Mbappe is his biggest regret

Former Arsenal scout says the failure to sign Kylian Mbappe is the “biggest disappointment” of his career.

French star Kylian Mbappe is considered one of the top players in the world and with 233 goals is Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time top scorer. The 25-year-old Mbappe who joined PSG in 2017, will be a free agent at the end of the season and his future is unclear.

In an interview with Ladbrokes Fanzone, former Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi, revealed that Mbappe was close to joining the Gunners in 2016.

I don’t know whether Kylian Mbappe is a realistic target for Arsenal, even if the club wins the Premier League and has a strong season in Europe. We tried to convince him before, in 2016,” Grimandi said.

He added: “We met his parents in London who came to the training ground and alongside Arsene [Wenger, then manager] and Richard Law [then transfer chief] we travelled to meet Kylian in the South of France. We tried to convince him, but I don’t think it was the best time for us; that meeting took place the day after we’d just lost to Swansea at home in the League, which itself followed a defeat at Old Trafford.”

“I remember we had a big game away just three days later against Tottenham, so the timing was not ideal. 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.”

World Cup winner Mbappe has scored 21 goals in 22 matches this season.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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