Arteta: Arsenal have to be in Mbappe conversation

Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal side have to be in the conversation to sign PSG forward Kylian Mbappe this summer - but acknowledged that the Frenchman is likely to join Real Madrid.

Mbappe told PSG this week that he will leave the club at the end of this season, with the French club expecting the forward to join Real once the terms of his exit are finalised.

The 25-year-old forward has also been linked to the Premier League and Arteta says Arsenal need to be involved in discussions to sign the player.

"When there is a player of that calibre, we always have to be in that conversation," he told his pre-match press conference against of Saturday's trip to Burnley.

"But it looks in a different way, that's what I would say..."

Arsenal were strongly linked with a new striker in the January transfer window - with Brentford's Ivan Toney one of the names mentioned as an option.

The 28-year-old opted to stay at Brentford until the end of the season, though Bees boss Thomas Frank admits a summer sale of Toney is likely.