Tottenham hoping to beat Arsenal to Ligue 1 striker


Tottenham and Arsenal could go head-to-head this summer as they bid to sign Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe.

That’s according to the Mirror, who report that Mauricio Pochettino is now interested after the striker scored a hat-trick in his side’s weekend’s 5-0 win over Metz.

The 18-year-old is committed to the Ligue 1 leaders until 2019, but is still likely to spend the close season being courted by a number of top European clubs.

In some quarters, he’s being dubbed the next Thierry Henry, though those plaudits may be a little premature given that he’s only started eight league games this season.

Monaco have an impressive recent history when it comes to developing talent, with Anthony Martial and Radamel Falcao both having become household names thanks to the club.


And Mbappe could be the latest graduate to move to the Premier League.

Spurs are expected to move for another back-up striker at the end of the season, with last year’s signing Vincent Janssen proving a huge disappointment so far.

Pochettino seems to have very little faith in the Dutchman, but it remains to be seen whether that deters him from pursuing another forward from a slightly weaker league.

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