Arsenal target Thomas Lemar is desperate to move to the Emirates this summer and is willing to force through a move himself, according to the Daily Star.
The 21-year-old has been a target for Arsene Wenger since the start of the window; however, a deal for the French international has yet to materialise.
The Monaco winger reportedly has the ambition to play for the Arsene Wenger, who is seen as football royalty in France. However the Monte Carlo club are said to be threatening to block a £45m from the Gunners as they fear they are losing too many players.
It is now reported that the player will look to force a move away from last season’s Champions League semi-finalists, at the risk of falling out with his current managerial staff.
Monaco have already sold 22-year-old midfielder Bernardo Silva to Manchester City for £43.5m, as well as 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who recently moved to Chelsea for £40m.
Despite this flow of transfer funds into the club and the signing of 18-year-old winger Jordi Mboula, they are yet to fully re-invest in senior players and may wait until they have done so before potentially letting Lemar leave.
However Arsenal fans should not despair, as the club have already bought in quality signings this summer.
The club has already seen Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac come in this summer and it looks likely Lemar will join them, even if Gunners fans have to wait a little longer.
We are led to understand that Monaco and Arsenal are ‘very very close’ to agreeing upon a fee for the transfer of Thomas Lemar. #AFC
— The 4th Official (@Official_T4O) July 7, 2017
Unlike in other seasons, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is happy he has managed to sign his players early this window:
“It is an advantage to get them in early because you go into the new season and you have an idea of what the players are about, with whom they can integrate the team and do well – overall I think it is a huge advantage,” said Wenger.
Wenger also hinted that he still expects more signinga, with Lemar likely to be one of those:
“If you look around, not a lot has happened since the start of the opening of the transfers but certainly a lot will happen in the final part, especially in the last two weeks and even more in the last week.”
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