Arsenal Linked With France International
Monaco will consider summer bids for Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar.
The France international came close to a move to the Emirates last summer when the Gunners saw a bid worth €100million (at the time worth £92million but now the equivalent of around £86million) accepted by Monaco. But the deal collapsed when the French club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev persuaded Lemar to stay.
Monaco surrendered their Ligue 1 title on Sunday night when a 7-1 thrashing by Paris Saint-Germain meant PSG’s lead at the top of the table is now unassailable.
In an interview with French TV programme Telefoot, Vasilyev admitted that a move for Lemar could be on the cards.
“Good luck to those who want him,” the Russian said. But he took aim at Lemar for wanting to leave Monaco two years before the end of his current deal.
“When you sign a professional contract you agree to play in the colours of your team until the end of the contract. Thomas is a professional.”
Whether Arsenal make any move for Lemar at all is open to question especially as the club signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the end of January. His arrival plus that of new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat may mean a change of emphasis in the club’s transfer targets.
Liverpool have also been linked with Lemar and it is believed the 22-year-old is more keen on a move to Anfield than a switch to the Emirates.
Ramsey In New Juve Link
Meanwhile, Juventus are being linked once again with a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international has yet to agree a new deal with Gunners. His present contract expires at the end of next season.
Juve are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer and are being linked with Ramsey, Liverpool’s Emre Can, Tottenham’s Moussa Dembele and Adrien Rabiot of PSG.