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Arsenal linked with stunning Kylian Mbappe swap deal as 'PSG consider bid for Gunners star'

Rory O'Callaghan

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Arsenal linked with stunning Kylian Mbappe swap deal as 'PSG consider bid for Gunners star'

Arsenal have been urged to explore the possibility of swap deal involving Gabriel Martinelli and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Martinelli, 21, has impressed for the Premier League leaders this season.

He has scored five goals and provided two assists in 20 appearances, form which earned him a call-up to Brazil's 26-man World Cup squad.

Martinelli made his tournament debut on Thursday, coming off the bench late on in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia.

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He was then an unused substitute in Monday's 1-0 win over Switzerland.

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Martinelli is under contract with Arsenal until 2024, with the club holding an option to extend it by a further year.

However, the Premier League club are expected to offer the Brazilian an improved deal to convince him to commit his long-term future to the club, amid reported interest from elsewhere.

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According to Calciomercato, as reported by Football London, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the winger.

It is claimed PSG are willing to pay up to €60million (£51.8m) for Martinelli, who only joined Arsenal in a £6m move from Brazilian side Ituano in 2019.

Could Arsenal sign Mbappe?

The report adds that Arsenal could potentially explore the possibility of a swap deal involving Mbappe.

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The France international, who has already scored three goals at the World Cup, has been strongly linked with a move away from PSG.

Reports earlier this season claimed Mbappe was unhappy at PSG, just months after turning down a lucrative move to Real Madrid to sign a new three-year deal at the Parc des Princes.

However, even if Mbappe was willing to move to Arsenal, it would likely cost the Gunners a huge fee – plus Martinelli – to convince PSG to sell their star player.

According to a recent CIES Football Observatory study, Mbappe is the third most valuable player at the World Cup with a transfer valuation of £162m – behind only England’s Jude Bellingham (£176.8m) and Brazil international Vinicius Jr (£176m).

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappe, Gabriel Martinelli, Transfers, Premier League, Ligue 1

Rory O'Callaghan
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