Mbappe targets Champions League title with PSG

But the Gunners failed to do a deal for the 18-year-old sensation this summer due to the fierce competition for him.

Once the transfer becomes official, he will become the second most expensive player of all time, behind his new teammate Neymar.

Mbappe, regarded as one of the sport's rising stars, scored 21 goals last season to help Monaco win the Ligue 1 title. He was then part of a chastening home draw against Luxembourg three days later. "The money's neither going in my pocket or out of it". So it was a real discovery for me.

"And visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development".

Mbappe recalls partnering Abraham up front in that game for the Blues' Under-12s, whilst young midfielder Jeremie Boga was also playing.

"We are very confident in our position and in our recruitment", Al-Khelaifi told reporters at the official unveiling Mbappe.

Mbappe said: "An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid - not just because I went to Chelsea".

"Now I am on the other side of the camera, on the other side of the TV. He is a passionate coach and transmits that to us players".

Mbappe, who grew up in a gritty Parisian suburb, said his price tag will not affect his performances and that he would enter the changing room full of humility. "That's the only difference".

But interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool amongst others could not shake Mbappe's determination to do things his way and he chose Monaco at the age of 15.

Some of the South American contingent, such as Neymar and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan centre-forward who was Ligue 1's leading scorer last season and whose goals have already propelled PSG to the top of the table after four games this term, may be rested from the starting XI at Metz, given their long travels back across the Atlantic last week.