Arsenal Target Lemar Set To Stay With Monaco
Arsenal have all but given up hope of signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco. The France international has been the subject of two failed bids from the Gunners who have seen Liverpool and Barcelona join the race for the 21-year-old.
But Monaco have stood firm over Lemar. The French champions have already seen Tiemoue Bakayoko depart for Chelsea while Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy have been sold to Manchester City. Rumours still abound over an exit for Kylian Mbappe. They aren’t willing to sell Lemar as well.
Lemar appears to be resigned to staying at the Ligue 1 side. In interview with So Foot in France he hinted that he won’t be going anywhere before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
“We had an extraordinary season with teammates who became friends,” he said. “We were forming a family and it took us all season.
“Be it the young people or the older, more experienced guys, the objective was never to take the lead but to move forward together.
“As the games progressed, we became ambitious. It paid off at the end. Certainly it will mark us for life but we are already in a new season, it’s up to us to do as well.”
Arsenal Fringe Players Set For Exits
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger looks set to commence offloading some of his side’s fringe players. Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell have all been linked with moves away from the club. However, none is close to an exit and Wenger faces the prospect of having to send some of his squad members out of subsidised loans.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere is being linked with interest from Newcastle United. The Magpies will try for a loan deal for the England international with Arsenal picking up the tab for a good portion of his wages.
Reports from Spain linking Mesut Ozil with Barcelona can be discarded. Don Balon claims the Arsenal man’s agent has offered him to the Catalan side. But whether that’s true or not, Barca don’t see Ozil as a transfer target, particularly one who earns over €8million a year after tax. That’s more than every member of the Barca squad except Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.