Arsenal could miss out on Thomas Lemar if Monaco decide to sell Kylian Mbappe.
With several clubs still interested in Mbappe, there’s a danger that Arsenal could miss out on Lemar, as Monaco would not want to sell both players this summer. That’s according to The Sun who, in a speculative effort at best, claim that Monaco will shut up shop if they end up selling Mbappe to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Naturally, the opposite scenario isn’t considered. Monaco could sell Thomas Lemar to Arsenal and then refuse to sell Mbappe. The chances are just as slim as the scenario that’s being reported. Talk of Mbappe leaving has intensified again after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
There are now reports of Barcelona signing Mbappe to replace the Brazilian. Real, meanwhile, have been interested all summer. Monaco, though, are adamant that nobody else will be sold this summer after already losing Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy. Arsenal are still pursuing Lemar but are being frustrated by Monaco’s stance.
Monaco don’t need to sell Mbappe to stop Lemar going to Arsenal. I think if the Gunners are willing to pay over the odds to sign Lemar they will probably get him. Manchester City paid £52m for left-back Benjamin Mendy. A more offensive player will cost more than the Gunners have offered. The Daily Star previously suggested £55m was the asking price.