Arsenal have been told that Thomas Lemar is not for sale at any price, after having a £30.7m bid rejected.
That’s according to reports in the Daily Mail who claimed that the north Londoners have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the 21-year-old forward.
Earlier this week we covered reports that Lemar had opted to join Arsenal over London rivals Tottenham with both interested in his services.
The Frenchman had impressed under Leonardo Jardim with 14 goals and 17 more assists in all competitions last season, though it’s understandable they’d want to keep hold of him with a handful of key players departing this summer.
Bernardo Silva has already joined Manchester City, whilst Tiemoue Bakayoko and Fabinho seem set for moves to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
That’s ignoring the possibility that fullback Benjamin Mendy could also leave before the new campaign begins, which would force plenty of changes within the title-winners’ squad as they aim to maintain a competitive edge by avoiding the ‘selling club’ tag in the process.
Lemar was reportedly keen on the idea of working alongside Wenger, though Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev rejected the Gunners’ advances and has already told them the club are not prepared to negotiate further.
Having joined from SM Caen two years ago, Lemar still has three years remaining on his existing contract and an improved offer from Monaco has been tabled for him to sign.
The hierarchy believe that he, just like wonderkid Kylian Mbappé, will benefit from at least one further season in France before making a lucrative switch elsewhere.