Arsenal have reportedly made an improved offer of £40million for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Monaco had previously rejected Arsenal’s opening offer of £30million for the 21-year-old Frenchman, with the Ligue 1 club refusing to sell the French winger at any price this summer. However, the Gunners are ready to test their resolve once again.
According to French publication L’Equipe (via the Daily Mail), Arsenal have upped their bid to £40million with Arsene Wenger keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
Lemar is known to have a strong relationship with new Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette and a move to Arsenal is thought to be appealing to the Monaco star. However, Lemar’s father did suggest that his son remain with the Ligue 1 club to boost his chances of making France’s World Cup squad next summer.
Lemar, who still has three-years left to run on his existing deal, is also thought to have attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, but Arsenal are the only side to have tabled an offer.
The left-sided midfielder made 41 appearances in all competitions for Monaco last season, scoring 14 goals and the same number of assists, and has established himself as a key member of Leonardo Jardim’s side.
Arsenal fans will be eager to see if Wenger can get this deal done in the upcoming weeks which would undoubtedly bring much needed optimism to the Emirates this season.