Viernes, 28 Julio, 2017

Chelsea & Man City tank Arsenal's Thomas Lemar hopes

Theo Walcott insists he is relishing fight for starting spot at Arsenal and would welcome Thomas Lemar's arrival Theo Walcott
Eleena Tovar | 17 Julio, 2017, 23:04

The BBC says Tiemoue Bakayoko's departure to Chelsea and the likely exit of Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City has complicated Arsenal's pursuit of Lemar.

Arsenal reportedly believe they could miss out on Thomas Lemar's capture if Monaco draw a line in the sand regarding player sales this summer.

Monaco are looking to keep as many of their squad together as they can ahead of the new season, and most recently are said to have ignored a €45m offer for Lemar from Arsenal because they viewed it as a complete waste of time.

Lemar has another three years left on his current deal and the numbers agreed with the Gunners dwarf his current relatively modest Ligue 1 pay packet.

"Unfortunately we are not the only ones to decide the pace of the transfer market". It's all crazy. Well (according to all recent rumours) Arsenal are pressing hard to make the Monaco winger Thomas Lemar our next signing, and there certainly seems to be a concensus that he is now our main target.

The Gunners have signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m ($60.7m) and left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke so far this summer.

L'Equipe understood last week - as reported by GFFN - that Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev had no intention with negotiating with Arsenal at all for Lemar, even while the belief is that he would consider a sale for an extortionate price.

An official announcement is expected when Arsenal return from their tour of Australia and China: Monaco have asked Arsenal to wait - with medicals, official pictures and his presentation to be delayed until they find a replacement for the French youngster.