• Arsenal manager accepts Real Madrid favourites to sign forward
  • ‘Everybody wants to play for Arsenal,’ Arteta insists

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal should be “in the conversation” for the signature of Kylian Mbappé after the striker’s summer departure from Paris Saint-Germain was confirmed, even though Real Madrid remain favourites to complete a deal.

Mbappé’s contract expires in June and he has informed PSG that he will leave at the end of the season, either by running down his deal or extending it and earning his employers a transfer fee. Real are long-term suitors but an agreement is yet to be struck with the player and his representatives, theoretically leaving the door open for an English club to step in.

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