Monaco have not responded to Arsenal’s latest bid of €45m for Thomas Lemar as they attempt to maintain a show of strength, but internally they have set a price at which they would sell the player.

In public, Monaco have insisted that they do not want to lose any more players, especially after the departure of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.

Lemar is widely believed to be Arsenal’s main transfer target of this window after they landed Alxandre Lacazette but it seems as if they will have to part with an obscene amount of money to get the club to part with another of their stars.

So what is this price?

Nobody knows.

That’s right. Recent reports claim that the president of Monaco, Vadim Vasilyev, won’t reveal the ‘extortionate’ price at which they would sell Lemar because they don’t want to encourage Arsenal who are looking a little splash-cash-happy this summer.

A report on the respected GFFN also added, “If Arsenal make a third offer that is considerably improved, then perhaps things could change, but the situation looks very bleak for the London club.

“Vadim Vasilyev keeps his cards close to his chest, which is perhaps the only hope that Arsenal fans can take at the time of writing in their pursuit of Thomas Lemar.”

Monaco have not formally rejected Arsenal’s second offer, they just haven’t bothered to respond because, according to GFFN, Monaco “viewed it as a complete waste of time.”

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