Arsenal are on the verge of completing their second big-money deal of the summer as they close in on a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to reports from The Sun.
The Gunners are due an overhaul this summer after manager Arsene Wenger penned a new two-year deal off the back of arguably his worst season in the job, and their slowly going the right way about it.
The Sun claims that French champions Monaco, having earlier demanded up to £80m for their star winger in an attempt to deter any suitors, will now green-light a £45m deal from north London which would take their summer spending close to £100m.
Wenger has already broken the club’s record fee to bring in striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon as well as the addition of full-back Saed Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.
The Chilean, who has been at the centre of a contract dispute for what feels like years now, is seemingly no closer to committing his future to The Emirates, with just a year remaining on his current deal.
The former Barcelona man played the majority of his games as Wenger’s striker last season, however, with the arrival of Lacazette he would be moved back to his natural position on the left-wing.
This is where it gets more complicated. Wenger is not a wasteful spender, there is no hope that if Lemar, who played every single one of his games on the left for Leonardo Jardim last season, does make the move for such a fee that he will be used as a rotation option, leaving a dilemma over how to fit everyone in and perhaps suggesting that Sanchez could well be on his way.