07 July 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘set to have £40m second bid for Thomas Lemar rejected by Monaco’

ARSENAL are set to have an improved £40million bid for Thomas Lemar rejected by Monaco.

Reports had claimed Arsene Wenger would have to fork out a staggering £80m for the midfielder.

Arsenal are set to have an improved £40m bid for Thomas Lemar rejected
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Arsene Wenger is desperate to land the Frenchman after landing Alexandre Lacazette
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But while it is unlikely he will command quite that much, it is clear the Frenchman will need to dip significantly deeper into his pockets to land Les Bleus international, according to L’Equipe.

The Gunners have been buoyed by the club-record signing of striker Alexandre Lacazette.

And they want to bring in Lemar on top of that, with it looking like he would become the second most-expensive player ever should he arrive for more than the £42.5m Mesut Ozil commanded.

Monaco – who also face the very real possibility of losing Kylian Mbappe – are trying to hold onto some of their first team.

Bernardo Silva has already signed for Manchester City.

And Tiemoue Bakayoko appears on the brink of signing for Premier League champions Chelsea.

One report suggested the Monaca ace would cost £80m
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Arsene Wenger has so far been frustrated in his efforts to land Thomas Lemar
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New signing Alexandre Lacazette tries on his new Arsenal kit

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Thomas Lemar factfile

  • Thomas Lemar was born in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe, on 12 November 1995
  • The winger began his youth career at Solidarite Scolaire before joining Caen in 2010.
  • In 2013 he broke into the first team at Caen, before Monaco snapped him up in 2o15.
  • The 21-year-old is rated highly by the national team and has played for the U17s, U18s, U19s, U20s and U21s before appearing in the senior side.
  • He made his international debut in 15 November in 2016 after appearing as a sub in a 0-0 friendly against the Ivory Coast.
  • Lemar won his first piece of silverware with Monaco after they were crowned Ligue 1 champions.

So it comes as no surprise that the French Ligue 1 champions want top dollar for one of their top talents.

Arsenal previously had a £30m offer for Lemar rejected.

He still has three years remaining on his current deal and Man United and Tottenham are also said to be monitoring his situation.

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