Wenger denies huge Arsenal bid for Mbappe

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    Arsene Wenger has denied reports Arsenal have made a world-record bid for Kylian Mbappe, instead expecting the teenage sensation to stay at Monaco for another season.

    According to UK media, Wenger has had a long talk with the 18-year-old striker about a move to the English Premier League.

    While the long-serving manager rates Mbappe highly, he rejected a Spanish report claiming there was a PS123 million ($A205 million) offer on the table.

    “People have a big imagination,” Wenger said after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Western Sydney on Saturday night.

    “What we know now is Mbappe is over PS100 million, after (that amount) it’s free to imagine what you want.

    “But we have not made any offer.”

    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have also flagged interest in Mbappe, but Wenger believed he would likely stay with the Ligue 1 champions, where he has already started pre-season training.

    “Yes, it looks like that,” he said.

    “Too much choice maybe, so in the end people don’t move.”

    Wenger also denied Alexis Sanchez has agreed a new deal with Arsenal, hours after declaring he’s convinced the Chile international will stay.

    On Friday Wenger revealed he’s been sharing “very positive” text messages with Sanchez, who did not join the Gunners’ pre-season tour to Australia and China after playing in the Confederations Cup.

    But he confirmed those conversations had not progressed to the point that the club’s off-contract star has committed his future to Arsenal.

    “No, a lot that comes out from Sanchez doesn’t look completely right,” Wenger said.

    “That’s not the case.”

    Wenger has stood firm over Sanchez’s future despite wide speculation linking the 28-year-old to a reunion with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

    It’s led many to believe he could be forced to see out the final year of his contract.

    Wenger was also “100 per cent” certain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay.

    The 23-year-old has one year left on his contract and is yet to sign a new deal.

    Amid speculation linking Oxlade-Chamberlain to a move to Liverpool, Wenger was adamant the England international was going nowhere “no matter what”.

    He also reiterated that he expects to retain Olivier Giroud despite the French striker’s own concession that his future is up in the air.

    © AAP 2017