Arsenal are locked in a battle with a host of leading European clubs for the signing of Monaco striking sensation Kylian Mbappe, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Ligue 1 club have a prestigious youth academy, with the likes of Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet among the host of top-drawer players to have rose at prominence at the Stade Louis II.

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has a host of exciting young players at his disposal currently, with a number of the Principality stars in demand across Europe.

Mbappe is on the fringes of the first team at the south coast club, but is still only 17 and looks to have all the hallmarks of a future world beater.

The teenage sensation has played a handful of games for Monaco but it has been his stunning performances for France under-19’s that have captured the imagination.

Mbappe has netted seven goals in eight games at this national age-grade level, making him one of French football’s most-exciting rising stars.

The report suggests that Monaco face a task holding onto their prized asset, with the Gunners facing competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain for the 17-year-old’s signature.


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