Mbappe ‘very calm’ over future
Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in raiding Monaco of their brightest young talent once more, following on from Anthony Martial’s acquisition in 2015, but Kylian Mbappe is refusing to be drawn on reports linking him with the League Cup holders.
Mbappe, who is only 18 and has also been linked with Arsenal, has been on fire at the highest level for Monaco of late, scoring 11 goals in his last nine outings, resulting in his first international call up to the France senior squad.
The youngster is thought to be valued in excess of £60million and Europe’s elite clubs may battle it out for his signature this summer, with United’s financial might putting them in a strong position. However, the level-headed teenager is not getting ahead of himself, saying: “I remain very calm about the attention I get. I do not look at what the English press say.”
Werner going nowhere
Liverpool target Timo Werner has brushed aside interest from Anfield by insisting he wants to continue his development at RB Leipzig, this season’s surprise package in the Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old has been watched by Liverpool scouts on numerous occasions this season, and the club have been impressed with what they’ve seen of his 14 goals and six assists in 24 games.
However, with Jurgen Klopp ready to sanction a summer move, his young compatriot has suggested any such bid may be a waste of time, telling German publication Welt am Sonntag: “I want to keep growing together with RB Leipzig and keep developing here. I am very happy at Leipzig.”
Arsenal eye English midfielder
Arsenal are monitoring Ross Barkley’s contract situation as the club are keen to recruit the Everton midfielder for a cut price in one of the club’s most crucial summers in recent history.
Long-term manager Arsene Wenger is toying with the idea of vacating his position, but is now considered more likely to sign a new deal, but either way the Gunners are expected to give their first-team squad a makeover.
That could include bringing in Barkley, who has yet to agree a new contract with the Toffees and may be sold ahead of the final 12 months of his current deal. The 23-year-old has returned to form under Ronald Koeman and wants his performances to be reflected in any new contract offer.