Monaco’s vice president Vasim Vasilyev has confirmed that Lemar was close to a £92m move to the Gunners on deadline day in August but the two sides ran out of time for a deal to be finalised.
Speaking to Sky Sports yesterday, Vasilyev said a sale next year is a possibility but he has effectively ruled out a January move for the 21 year old, with the Ligue One side seeking to keep their squad together for the remainder of the season:
“I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to exit next year. January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of, this is really not in our plans. January doesn’t seem like the right time for major changes in the team.”
After an excellent season last term, Lemar has struggled to recapture his form with just two assists and no goals so far in his first nine games this campaign. Last year, the French international scored 14 goals and contributed 17 assists as Monaco won the league title ahead of PSG, and made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League.