Former Arsenal captain and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas previously named the one player he would sign if he was in the dugout of either of the London clubs.
The ex-Spain international won trophies with both sides in the capital, either side of a spell with Barcelona, and is now seeing out the twilight years of his career with Monaco.
Widely regarded to be one of the greatest graduates of Arsenal‘s academy system, there would be many that would like to see Fabregas remain in football when he retires from playing.
Whether that would see the midfielder move into a coaching role or pursue a career in management remains to be seen but he has given an insight into the latter.
Asked which player he would target if he was to become a manager, Fabregas named a player that Arsenal and Chelsea fans would both love to see.
“Cristiano is 35 and Leo is going to turn 33, they are older. For youth, talent, desire and mentality, I would sign Mbappe,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope last year.
“The thought of having him for ten years up front for my team, I would go for him. Then there are players like Neymar and [Erling] Haaland, but due to his goal getting and his speed, Mbappe reminds me of Thierry Henry.
“I saw him from in behind and it was a delight when you gave him a long pass into space.”
Arsenal were once heavily linked with Mbappe before he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and the future of the World Cup winner continues to attract speculation, with Real Madrid holding long-term interest.
But if things had fallen in place, the World Cup winner could have been plying his trade in north London.
The summer transfer window is just around the corner.
And the rumour mill is already starting to pick up speed.
Arsenal will not have a huge amount of money to spend, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping to make a number of moves, with loanee Martin Odegaard high up the list of priorities to bring in on a permanent deal.
But who would you sign? Get involved in our transfer window debate here.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once confirmed that he held talks with Mbappe over a move to the Emirates.
“We can talk about Mbappe, I was at his home when he was undecided whether to extend his contract with Monaco,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“He could have come to Arsenal for free. I would say every club is full of histories like that.”