Arsenal have made the first steps to securing the signing of Thomas Lemar from Monaco, according to the Daily Mail.
The winger, who is rated at £30m by the Ligue One side, is one of the Gunners’ top summer transfer targets and Mail journalist Ben Nagle reports that negotiations between the two clubs have “begun smoothly.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be after a trio of French players this summer in Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette but it seems the most progress is being made for the left sided winger.
Monaco could make a huge profit on a player they signed from Caen for just £3.4m two years ago. His numbers last season suggest however that he could be worth the investment for the Gunners.
In 55 matches last campaign, Lemar scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists. With doubts remaining over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future at the Emirates, a move for the French international seems like a wise move, especially considering the end product he produced last season.