Monaco are being taken apart in this window it seems: Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy have left for Man City and Tiemoue Bakayoko is off to Chelsea. And now Arsenal have recommitted to their pursuit of versatile attacker Thomas Lemar.
The Telegraph reports that Arsenal are prepared to up their offer for Lemar to £45m for the wide man.
The Gunners have already had two bids over £30m knocked back, and with Ligue 1 champions already losing three key players, Arsene Wenger’s side look like they’ll have to pay an overwhelming amount to poach another of Leonardo Jardim’s jewels.
Arsenal has already had bids rejected for the 21-year-old as Monaco were demanding £80m for a player they signed from Caen two years ago.
Monaco were hoping the huge numbers quoted would deter Arsenal and help them keep Lemar for another season on the premise his value would increase further to spark a bidding war.
SunSport revealed earlier this month Lemar has already agreed terms with Arsenal and told the French champions to allow him to move to North London this summer.
Lemar will be Wenger’s third addition at the Emirates this summer as the French coach looks to lead the club back into title contention.
Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac have been recruited and the arrival of the Monaco star will be a huge boost for the Gunners, who would take their summer spending to £97m.
Lemar featured for Monaco in their last pre-season game at Benfica and will hope to get the green light to complete his switch to the Premier League before they face Paris-Saint Germain in Morocco this Saturday in the Trophee des champions.