Arsene Wenger has revealed that he paid a home visit to Kylian Mbappe to try and persuade him to join Arsenal.
The Gunners boss wanted the Monaco hot property to switch to the Emirates before he signed a new contract in March 2016.
And in an interview with BeIN Sports, Wenger said he almost secured Mbappe’s signature.
“The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger said.
“Because he was at the end of his contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.
“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”
Mbappe has all the big European clubs trailing his signature this summer after bursting onto the scene at Monaco.
Man City and Real Madrid are the only clubs who have lodged an official interest in the 18-year-old striker as of yet.
And Monaco’s asking price will eclipse the £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.
United and Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing the situation too.
The two big-spending clubs have kicked off the race for the most sought-after teenager in the game which will hot up in the run-up to the end of the season.