As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Monaco are remaining steadfast in their refusal to sell Thomas Lemar, despite Arsenal returning with a third bid for the attacker.
Having already spent decent money on Alexandre Lacazette this summer, it’s clear the Gunners are willing to show a bit of ambition in this summer’s transfer window after manager Arsene Wenger decided to stay on at the club with a new contract.
One man they’ve been persistent in pursuing is Monaco player Thomas Lemar. The Telegraph are reporting that the London club made a third bid of £45m for the player.
However, the paper say that Monaco are refusing to let him go for that price.
Can they return with an offer the Ligue 1 side can’t refuse and bring the potential Alexis Sanchez replacement to the Emirates?
With Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation still not resolved, Gunners fans are slowly coming to terms with the fact that if they don’t lose their Chilean hero this summer, it will be next summer.
Sanchez’s contribution to Arsenal in his time at the club has been fierce and if he is to eventually leave, they’ll need an attacker who can bring the same kind of creativity and threat.
Lemar may not be a proven English Premier League talent but he appears to have the attributes to be a roaring success at Arsenal and could go some way to filling any gap left by Sanchez, despite not being as much of a natural forward.
The French international was a huge presence on the left flank for Monaco last term, directly contributing to a massive 31 goals, whether scoring himself or assisting.
Still just 21 years of age, the ceiling on his potential is higher than most in Europe right now and his arrival at Arsenal could make fans forget who Sanchez is, making it worth the club going all out beyond the reported £45m to land him.