We were in touch in 2017,’ Mbappe said. Mbappe was once on Wenger’s radar as well, with the world’s hottest striker confirming his compatriot looked to sign him back in 2017 while he was still playing for Monaco. Reach the Top – Switzerland is playing RED-WHITE-RED tonight! You can ask the player. Wenger has since reflected on the transfer saga following Suarez’s move to Barcelona, saying: ‘We had an agreement with the player and we had been wrongly advised that he had a clause (in his contract).