Thomas Lemar’s father has urged the Monaco star to reject a move to Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France.
Lemar was reportedly a subject of a £30million bid from Arsenal, but Monaco quickly turned down the offer, informing the Gunners that the winger is not for sale.
The 21-year-old captured the eye of many last season with some impressive displays for Monaco in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, scoring 14 goals and creating a further 17 assists from the left wing.
French publication L’Equipe now claim that Arsenal’s interest in Lemar has prompted the player’s father to intervene, suggesting a move away from Monaco this summer could hamper his chances of making France’s World Cup squad next year.
However, Lemar is supposedly keen to work under Arsene Wenger and made it known to the Arsenal manager that a deal to the Emirates appeals to him.
Arsenal are now expected to return with an improved offer for the left winger in the upcoming weeks, hoping they can persuade Monaco to sell another of their top performers from last season.