With Arsenal reportedly having a second £35m bid for Thomas Lemar rejected by Monaco, what’s next?

Arsenal have reportedly had two bids for Lemar rejected this week.

The first was for a rumoured £31m, the second for £35m.

However, the French press appear convinced that Arsene Wenger, who is allegedly a long-term fan of the 21-year-old, will return with an even higher bid if he feels it could clinch Lemar.

Wenger apparently tried to sign the France international when he was at Caen two years ago. However, just like with Kylian Mbappe, Monaco beat the Gunners to the promising forward, and the Ligue 1 side ended up signing Lemar for £3.5m.

Meanwhile, according to Goal, a source ‘close’ to the player has claimed that Lemar is flattered by Arsenal’s interest but won’t be pushing for a move this summer.

The report also backed up what the BBC’s David Ornstein recently said about a deal for Lemar isn’t very likely at this stage.

Monaco won’t allow Tiemoue Bakayoko and Lemar to leave, and Bakayoko has gone to Chelsea.

Monaco also claim Lemar is not for sale.

It seems like this deal is dead.