Arsenal ‘prepare’ £54m bid for Monaco star Thomas Lemar

Arsenal are “no longer in active talks over Thomas Lemar“, claims Sky Sports, with the broadcaster reporting that although the Gunners haven’t given up the ghost on the Monaco star they first intend to trim the size of their squad before trying to lure him to London.

The Gunners have been linked with a move to sign the Monaco midfielder throughout the summer transfer window but a deal has failed to materialise so far.

The French Champions have had an exodus of players this summer, with Tiemoue Bakayoko joining Chelsea, while Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva moved to Manchester City.

However, La Liga giants Barcelona have now entered the race to sign Lemar as the Spanish side look to reinvest some of the £198m raised from the sale of Neymar to Monaco’s title rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

“Let’s go to Arsenal“.

Liverpool will have to meet that asking price, and Philippe Coutinho’s reported move to Barcelona could help free up funds.

Arsene Wenger has been struggling to get the deal over the line with Monaco frustrating the Arsenal boss.

Under contract at Stade Louis II until 2020, Lemar contributed 14 goals and 17 assists in 55 competitive games for the Ligue 1 winners last season.

“Perhaps we haven’t heard the last of Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in this transfer window”.

Now, possibly also due to the recent acquisition of Rachid Ghezzal by the club, he claims the chances of the French attacker leaving Monaco for Arsenal are still relatively realistic.

Lemar is Arsenal’s number one target following the club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

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