As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal will make a renewed bid to bring Thomas Lemar to the club from Monaco in January.
Thomas Lemar was one of the stand-out stars in European football last season sparking transfer speculation all summer that he would leave Monaco. However, that move did not materialise and he stayed on at the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
It appears all that transfer speculation will return ahead of January though, with The Mail reporting that Arsenal are ready to return for him after making an eye-watering £90m bid in August, which ultimately fell through.
However, they won’t be prepared to offer that much, with Alexis Sanchez’s waning value complicating their renewed bid, say the paper.
Lemar may not have made the switch in the summer but the report reckons that he’s now open to the move, meaning Monaco could be forced into negotiations with the London club.
Rated at £27m by Transfermarkt, Lemar’s blistering form in 2016/17 was a big part of Monaco’s success at home and abroad, winning the French title for the first time since 2000 and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
He scored 14 goals and provided 16 assists in all competitions from the left wing, the kind of attacking contribution that could replace what Alexis Sanchez has brought to the club in recent years.
He may not be hitting those heights this season with just a single goal and three assists in 13 appearances, but still has significant quality and at just 22 years of age can still improve his skills and consistency.
It’s a no-brainer for Arsenal if they can get the deal done.