As reported by The Sun, Arsenal have not yet given up their pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar and are even willing to offer up their biggest performer in an effort to land him in January.
The Arsenal and Lemar saga was well documented on transfer deadline day, with the London club failing to get a reported £92m deal for the French international over the line.
However, it seems Arsene Wenger isn’t willing to let the matter lie there and is considering a drastic measure to push through the deal.
The Sun say Arsenal are willing to use Chilean hero Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in January deal for the attacker, in an effort to convince Monaco to sell their star man.
The paper reports that if Sanchez is to leave the club, Wenger would rather he moved away from England and with just six months remaining on his deal by January, he could be the perfect incentive to finally land Lemar.
Can the French youngster replace Sanchez’s contribution to the Gunners?
While Sanchez has undoubtedly been one of Arsenal’s best players for years now, it’s the future potential of Thomas Lemar that has clubs in such a spin to secure his signature. Still just 21 years of age, he’s shown he could have the quality to be one of the best players in Europe over the next few years.
Last season he scored a terrific 14 goals and created 17 assists from the left wing with that contribution not just limited to Ligue 1, but also integral to Monaco’s run in the UEFA Champions League.
If he could replicate that at Arsenal in the coming seasons then it would go a long way to helping Arsenal fans forget about the impressive Sanchez, whose time at the Emirates seems to be coming to an end regardless of what happens in January.