Arsenal to add Lemar?

Arsene Wenger has already spent big on one Ligue 1 star in Alexandre Lacazette this summer and the bookies believe they may well be about to secure another. The odds on Monaco's Thomas Lemar making the move to the Emirates have been slashed to just 1/6 from 4/7 with Ladbrokes, suggesting that a move could be imminent.

According to reports, Arsenal have had bids of £30 and £40 million rejected though within the Gunners camp they are confident a deal can be reached for a fee of around the £45 million mark. The 21-year-old was part of the exciting young Monaco side that won the French League and reached the semi-final's of the Champions League. He scored 14 goals in all competitions as well as laying on 17 assists for his team-mates.  

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal's interest in the Frenchman, stating; 'He's a player that we follow yes, we look at,' the Frenchman said of a player who has won five caps for France.

'We are looking at more signings. But there's nothing really concrete about any signings.' 

Monaco however are likely to dig their heels in over any potential deal, given they are fighting a battle to keep hold of a number of their other stars this summer. Bernardo Silva has already joined Manchester City and looks set to be joined at the Etihad by Benjamin Mendy. Tiemoue Bakayoko is also on the verge of a move to the Premier League as he closes in on a move to Chelsea. With speculation also surrounding the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, it could be a long old summer for the French champions as they bid keep their successful side together.

Lemar however appears to remain a top target for the Gunners as they bid to bounce back after last season's disappointing fifth placed finish in the league. Arsene Wenger will be under immense scrutiny next season from the get go and he clearly wants to splash the cash in order to get Arsenal back in to the top four and a place amongst Europe's elite.

Skybet are also offering a market on Lemar's future and they have odds of 1/3 on him making the move to the Emirates. In contrast they have it priced at 9/4 that he remains with Monaco. French sports paper L'Equipe however have reported that Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has no intention of selling the attacking midfielder. The odds with the bookmakers' certainly suggest that a move could well be on the cards but seem to contradict Monaco's stance. 

The club from the principality may well just be playing hard ball over the fee however so expect this one to rumble on.

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/07/2017 - 10:08 AM
Filed in:- Football Betting News, Arsenal

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