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Arsenal to make £122m bid for AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe?

Arsenal to make £122m bid for Mbappe?
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly prepared to make a bid of £122m to try to sign AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly given the green light for the club to make a bid of £122m for AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

After scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances this season, the 18-year-old attacker has been heavily linked with a transfer to Real Madrid but the Gunners remain intent on trying to pull off what could potentially be the signing of the summer.

It has previously been suggested that they had failed with an offer of £87m but according to L'Equipe, Wenger is prepared to go significantly higher in order to take the teenager to the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger has publicly spoken of his admiration for Mbappe, but the French international is known to be keen to work with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane at some stage in his career.

It has previously been claimed that Zidane could prove to be the deciding factor, but it appears that Arsenal and Wenger refuse to bow out of what is becoming a two-way battle.

Mbappe has indicated that he is not against the idea of remaining at the Ligue 1 champions for at least another 12 months.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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