Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are interested in young Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe and says the teenager is similar to Gunners legend Thierry Henry.
The highly-rated 18-year-old has already attracted interest this season from Manchester City and PSG and reportedly turned down a move to Real Madrid last summer.
Mbappe has six goals already this season for Leonardo Jardim’s Ligue 1 table-toppers and Wenger admits the Gunners are monitoring his progress.
“Mbappe is not exactly Thierry Henry but it’s true that he has similar qualities,” he told Wenger told the official YouTube channel of Ligue 1.
“The future, the talent is similar. The potential is similar. After that, has he the same level of motivation, desire and intelligence that Thierry had? The next two or three years will tell us that.
“The first signs you see are very similar, yes. Yes, we follow him and we know him very well and he is developing well.”
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Mbappe signed a three-year deal with Monaco last year, his first professional contract, and definitely appears to be following in Henry’s footsteps.
He has already replaced Henry as Monaco’s youngest-ever debutant, when he took the field against Caen aged 16 years 347 days.
The youngster then went one better, breaking Henry’s record as the club’s youngest goalscorer in February against Troyes in a 3-1 win.
While comparisons to Henry might be premature he is certainly a very exciting talent and is definitely one to keep an eye on.